Yes. You read that correctly. It’s finally happened again. Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors have lost a football match. For some context to this roundup you can read the preview from before the weekend if you have no idea what I’m talking about. Alternatively, when you’re done reading this, you could check up on football in Vietnam if you like.
Pohang with a masterclass
They played Pohang Steelers on Saturday morning and were thoroughly beaten. Pohang turned on the turbo right from the word go and Kim Seung-dae scored after only two minutes. In fact, two was to be Pohang’s lucky number as Lee Gwang-hyuk scored in the 22nd and Song Seung-min scored in the 42nd minute. Jeonbuk had no response and could not find any kind of way past the Pohang defence. So perhaps this league isn’t as over as it seemed.
Draw in a must-win match
In the other match that started early on Saturday Gangwon and FC Seoul drew 1-1 in a match were both teams really needed a win, especially since Pohang’s win mean they are also now well and truly in the mix for the top half. Kwak Tae-hwi scored after 16 minutes for Seoul and that seemed to have been enough. Until Uros Deric, right as the game was ticking into added time in the second half, levelled the scoring and crushing Seoul fans’ hearts in the process.
Dragons fail to roar
The final Saturday game was between Jeju United and Jeonnam Dragons. And boy did the Dragons waste a very good opportunity in getting some much needed points. Kim Sang-won got himself sent off after only nine minutes of play and that meant Jeonnam had almost an entire football match with one man extra on the pitch. And not only did they not manage to score, they also let in a goal as Magno Cruz saved the day for Jeju after 74 minutes, when he put them 1-0 up. A really poor showing from Jeonnam, but an even better one from Jeju, who are now third in the tab.
They are third because Gyeongnam failed to win their match yesterday against Ulsan Hyundai. Hwang Il-so gave Ulsan the lead in the first half, but over in the second Jae-Yong Jung got sent off after only three minutes and unlike Jeonnam, Gyeongnam managed to use their numerical advantage to benefit themselves as Marcao made it 1-1 after an hour of football. However, they couldn’t find that last important goal and had to settle for the draw.
So close, but no cigar for Incheon
Earlier on in the day yesterday, Sangju Sangmu played second from bottom Incheon. What looked like an easy win after three goals in the first half by Hong Chul, Kim Nam-choon and Kim Min-woo was anything but. Incheon showed some of that great fighting spirit we have seen a little of in the last few weeks and pegged two back within twelve minutes of the second half courtesy of Stefan Mugosa and Lee Yun-pyo. But they couldn’t find the final goal that would give them a point and Sangju could breathe a sigh of relief as they held on to a 3-2 win.
Suwon return to winning ways
And finally, Suwon Samsung Bluewings played bottom of the table Daegu, and boy do Daegu make it hard for themselves. Cesinha was sent of in added time in the first half, but not before Waguininho had made it 1-0 to Suwon. The same guy put the final nail in the coffin 20 minutes from full time as he extended Suwon’s lead to two goals. This means Suwon closed some of the gap they had let open up in the last few games and are now seven points behind Jeonbul, while Daegu are hopelessly lost at the bottom with five points up to Jeonnam. Their only comfort is that Incheon are almost as bad, sitting in he playoff spot only one point ahead of them.
That could be one very important point if both sides keep losing like this.