And we are back! Welcome yet, again to South Korea for the K League roundup. I know you’re all anxious to find out the result between Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors and Suwon Samsung Bluewings, but as I like to do, we’ll go by this in chronological order, meaning we’ll turn the clock back to Saturday before we get to the big match of the round on Sunday.
If you have no idea what I’m on about I suggest you go read the preview for the K League action this weekend, or if you would like to know how things went last week you can check the midweek results here.
All caught up? Good!
Miserable Daegu continue poor showing
Let’s dive on in headfirst then and start with Daegu trying to get out of the bottom against Jeju United. It started in the worst possible way for Daegu as Kim Jin-hyeok gave away a penalty and got himself sent off in the process after only 16 minutes. Roberson scored his first of the season when he converted from the following penalty kick, in what was only his third league appearance this season. Daegu managed to pull one back seven minutes later however, when Lim Jae-hyeok put the ball in the back of the Jeju net. However, that joy was to be short-lived as Jung Chi-in got two yellow cards in four minutes to end the first half.
With only nine men in the second, it got too much for Daegu and Jeju ran away with it. Jin Seong-uk put Jeju in front on the hour mark while a brace from Kwon Soon-hyung in a three-minute span from the 69th to the 72nd minute settled the matter as Jeju won 4-1.
Let’s also quickly recap the two other matches played on Saturday: Ulsan Hyundai took the lead against Jeonnam Dragons thanks to a Mislav Orsic goal after 38 minutes, but just as the halftime whistle was about to be blown Kim Gyeon-min levelled the scoreline. And that was how that ended with no goals coming in the second half. Speaking of no goals, Seoul and Sangju Sangmu drew 0-0 at the Seoul World Cup Stadium and that rounded off Saturday in a slow way.
The big one
But the round kicked off immediately again on Sunday as the big match between Jeonbuk and Suwon took place as the early match. Lee Seung-ki sent Jeonbuk in the lead after only 14 minutes and when Waguininho got himself sent off four minutes later it was going to be a long day at the office for Suwon. Making that day even longer for his team was Jang Ho-ik as he decided he could not wait until halftime to go to the dressing room and got sent off just a minute before the whistle.
That meant that Jeonbuk had full control with two men more on the pitch. Despite that it wasn’t until the 75th minute that they scored again. Having introduced the veteran Lee Dong-gook after 50 minutes, the striker put Jeonbuk 2-0 up and dashed any hope Suwon might have had of scraping a point from the game. Choi Bo-Kyung also wanted an early shower and got his second yellow card of the evening after 89 minutes, making the total amount of red cards handed out, three.
Two different kinds of matches
The later matches on Sunday were two completely different events. Gangwon and Pohang Steelers drew 0-0 with only an 88th-minute red card to Pohang’s Kwon Wan-kyu the exciting moment in a dull game. That draw meant that everyone from fifth to tenth in the table drew this weekend.
In the other match, Incheon could widen that scope to eleventh place if they managed to get a point hosting third-placed Gyeongnam. And it started well for the relegation-threatened team as Moon Seon-min scored a first-half brace on either side of a Negueba goal for the away side, to give Incheon the lead going into halftime.
It looked even better for Incheon when Negueba got himself sent off only four minutes in to the second half, but Marcao managed to pull Gyeongnam level. And then, just as the game was about to go in to added time Park Ji-soo, crushed all Incheon-fans dreams of a point as he put Gyeonganm 3-2 up in the 89th minute and got a yellow card in the process of celebrating that goal, which secured Gyeongnam’s first win in five matches.
So that is it from the K League for now, but there is a midweek round again this week and I’ll be bringing you all the action from that one as well.