Hello and welcome, one and all. There’s yet another weekend of exciting football in the K League to give you the details from and without further ado, we’ll jump right in. If you missed last week’s roundup you can read it here, or if you want the preview context for this round you can find that here.
Derbies end in home wins
As mentioned in the headline the two derbies that were played out this weekend, the Donghaean and Super Match derbies, ended with victories to the home sides.
In the Donghaean derby between Ulsan Hyundai and Pohang Steelers, Pohang took an early lead as Lee Keun-ho netted after only 19 minutes. That lead held until five minutes after the break when Kim In-sung equalised for Ulsan. A further five minutes after that Japanese veteran striker Yohei Toyoda decided the match with his second goal of the campaign to a 2-1 Ulsan win.
Over in the Super Match between FC Seoul and Suwon Samsung Bluewings, Seoul needed a win to keep up in the battle for top half while Suwon needed one to close the gap to Jeonbuk. But it started horribly bad for the away side as Anderson Lopes scored for Seoul after only three minutes and got a brace after half an hour. Suwon never had a reply and kept bouncing off the Seoul defensive wall. They finally got a goal back thanks to Yeom Ki-hun, but with only three minutes to go it was too little too late.
Could Jeonbuk capitalise?
With Suwon’s stumble, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors had the chance to extend their lead as they played third-from-bottom Jeonnam Dragons. Jeonnam had two draws in a row and weren’t expected to be much of a challenge for the green-clad powerhouse. But a straight red card to Jeong Hyuk after 37 minutes meant Jeonbuk had to struggle with ten men and even though Jeonnam had an entire half with one man more on the pitch they couldn’t find a way to score. So the game ended 0-0 and while Jeonbuk extended their lead a tiny bit thanks to Suwon’s slip up they can count themselves very lucky that this didn’t go worse.
Daegu and Incheon are equally bad
For the other matches bottom of the table Daegu played third-placed Gyeongnam and almost managed to collect their first point in five games but fell to another defeat thanks to two late Marcao goals. Gyeongnam now move into second place, equal on points with Suwon, while Daegu are helplessly stuck at the bottom.
The only saving grace for Dageu is that Incheon seem to be equally as bad. After coming back from 1-0 down to draw level with Jeju United on Saturday, their performance deserved a point but a clumsily conceded penalty deep into added time ment former Bayer Leverkusen youngster Ryu Seung-woo could send Jeju right on the back of Suwon and Gyeongnam with only one point separating the three teams.
And finally, the mid-table battle between Sangju Sangmu and Gangwon ended in a big win for the home side as Sangju ran out 3-0 winners thanks to a Kim Do-hyung brace on either side of a Sim Dong-woon goal. Moving Sangju up into fifth, passing Gangwon in the standings.
That’s it from the K League this week, come back on Friday for a preview of the weekend matches.