This weekend we saw Daegu of the K League 1 lift the Korean FA Cup. That was some turnaround for the team that finished 7th in the K League 1 after being rock bottom before the World Cup break. However, Brazilian coach André Gaspar who took over during the summer break has turned the club fortunes around and in doing so lead the club to their first ever Korean FA Cup title.
After scoring 8 in an earlier round Daegu kept the high scoring theme going in this years cup run by defeating Ulsan Hyundai 5-1 on aggregate on Saturday. This was to be the clubs first trophy since their founding in 2002.
This was seen in a great second leg performance after the Daegu side defeated Ulsan 2-1 in the first leg on Wednesday. Although fans could have been forgiven for being nervous at half-time in the second leg with the scores level 0-0 at the interval. The nerves were to be short-lived however as the side picked up three second-half goals from Kim Dae-Won and Brazilian pair Cesinha and Edgar Silva.
The win also means that the club that is less than 20 years old will make their debut in the 2019 AFC Champions League. The draw as already been made for this and we know that they will be in Group F where they will face Guangzhou Evergrande, Melbourne Victory and a winner from the playoffs that have yet to be played.
How the game planned out
It took till the 59th minute for us to see an opening goal in the second leg of the match with the goal coming from Kim Dae-won's. This came from a bad clearance from Ulsan's Lee Chang-yong in the box, Kim then slotted the ball home.
The first Brazilian on the goal sheet was then Cesinha after 76 minutes. As the second goal came again from poor defending from the away side as midfielder Park Yong-woo took a shocking touch allowing Cesinha to run in and he had no problem scoring from close range.
Then a second Brazilian Edgar then finished the scoring on 89 minutes as he kept great close control to dribble past Park before chipping the ball home with a lovely finish.
The final whistle then went and the biggest result in the clubs history was confirmed.