Preview: Ulsan Hyundai Horangi vs Brisbane Roar

Ulsan Hyundai Horangi vs Brisbane Roar

Tuesday night 

Brisbane was held to a goalless draw at home to Thai champions Muangthong United and face a long trip to a city on the south-east coast of Korea Republic, on the back of Saturday’s home loss to Wellington in the league. 

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Ulsan took the title in 2012 but this time is late replacement for excluded champion Jeonbuk Motors and have been hastily adding players to improve their squad, including Dimitri Petratos, ironically from Brisbane Roar.

It did not pay dividends. The Tigers lost their opener 2-0 at Kawasaki Frontale but it was a decent performance. The visitor just was not clinical enough in front of goal and that proved to be the difference in the end.

There was some encouraging link-up play between Lee Jong-ho, signed from Jeonbuk in the close season and once known as “The Gwangyang Rooney” and new Croatian signing Mislav Orsic.

If these two can click in attack then Ulsan will be dangerous on Tuesday night. 

This is the team’s final game before the start of the 2017 K-League Classic season so Ulsan should be fresh and focused if not quite as cohesive as it would like.