It’s been another round of midweek action in the K League and for the first time this season it was a round that produced zero red cards. It was also a low scoring affair with only two games having more than three goals and three matches ending 0-0.
The uneventful ones
Let’s shake it up a little this time and not do it chronologically, mainly because there was only one game that started slightly before the others so there is no major reason to do so. Why don’t we try to do this by the amount of goals scored? Let’s.
So that means the three scoreless draws are up first. The first one we can take a look at is FC Seoul’s away match against third-placed Gyeongnam. Gyeongnam bounced back from poor form with a win last time out against Incheon but the newly promoted side continued their unstable run by failing to get past Seoul’s defence. For Seoul’s part they needed a win to really get into the close fight for the final top-half spot but with this draw find themselves still just out of reach, sitting in ninth.
Incheon could take a big step away from the bottom with a win over Pohang Steelers who have been in poor form recently but failed to do so with a draw. However, for Incheon every point is crucial as they need to stay in touch with Jeonnam in the place above. For Pohang a win could have sent them up the table but instead, the 0-0 draw sent them one spot backwards.
The final 0-0 draw could prove crucial for the league table as Suwon Bluewings failed to get a win over Ulsan Hyundai. That draw meant that if Jeonbuk won they would have a nine-point lead (world’s latest spoiler warning as it said in the title, they did). The result wasn’t ideal for Uslan either as they are in that mad dash for sixth and fifth where there are four teams within one point of each other.
The slightly more exciting ones
In this section we have yet another draw, this time with actual goals in it and the first win of the roundup.
We start with the draw. Sangju Sangmu and Jeonnam Dragons drew 1-1, a result neither team is happy with, I’m sure. Sangju are in that group of four teams on one points difference while Jeonnam could have put a lot of space between themselves and Incheon, and maybe even made a push for the top half. But instead they find themselves only three points ahead of the relegation playoff spot that Incheon currently occupies.
Then there’s Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors. What a season they are having. Since their opening day slip-up they have been faultless and have won every single game since. This week was no exception as bottom of the table Dageu came up short.
Ricardo Lopes opened the scoring for Jeonbuk after only three minutes and Lim Sun-young put them two ahead on the stroke of half time. In the second half Daegu pulled one back to give it a little bit of excitement on the hour mark, but they could never find a second goal. Jeonbuk now have a nine point gap to Suwon and it is really hard to see them drop that many points, but never say never as the season is so very, very far from over.
The most exciting one
We have arrived at the biggest scoring match in this round. And what a match that was. Jeju United played Gangwon. Magno Cruz opened the scoring for Jeju after only six minutes but Lee Tae-ho pulled things back to level after 12 minutes. Then Cruz was on it again after 19 minutes to give Jeju another lead, but yet again they weren’t able to hold it for long as Uros Deric brough Gangwon back to 2-2.
Cruz was to get his hattrick only minutes later, however, as he put Jeju on his back and carried them in this match. His third goal came after 27 minutes and for once Gangwon didn’t have a reply within the first six minutes. They had to wait until just before half time to come up with that reply as Jung Seung-yong made it 3-3 just five minutes before the half time whistle.
Over in the second half the game died down a little and the next goal didn’t come until 13 minutes before the end when Uros Deric got his brace. For the first time in this match, Gangwon was in the lead. And as Jeju were chasing a goal Mauricio Diego made that job impossible as he scored Gangwon’s fifth of the day four minutes into added time.
That is it for the midweek action from the K League this time and if I was Magno Cruz I would be very annoyed and use that for the games this coming weekend. Come back tomorrow for our preview of that.