Suwon, thrilled first win in 11 games… Seoul-Jeonbuk ‘unfortunate draw’
Suwon Samsung, the only player without a win in the K-League 1, escaped from the swamp of no win for a long time. Leading Ulsan Hyundai beat Daegu FC and took the lead, and the ‘legendary match’ between FC Seoul and Jeonbuk Hyundai ended without a winner.
In the 11th round of the Hana 1 Q K League 1 2023 against Incheon United held at the Incheon Soccer Stadium on the 5th, Suwon won 1-0 by defending the winning goal from a free kick by Lee Ki-je. Suwon’s victory is the first in 11 games since the opening 10 games, 2 draws and 8 losses, fell into extreme sluggishness.
After breaking the balance with Lee Gi-je’s left-footed free kick in the 29th minute of the first half, Suwon blocked Incheon’s wave of offensive attacks with a physical defense. On this day, Suwon allowed 10 shots only in the second half, but ended up playing a scoreless game and winning their first thrilling victory.
This match was Suwon’s first match after Kim Byung-soo’s appointment as head coach was confirmed. However, until this day’s game, acting manager Seong-Yong Choi led, and new manager Kim watched the game from the stadium. Coach Kim Byung-soo will make his debut in Jeonbuk on the 10th.
Suwon failed to escape from the bottom with 5 points (1 win, 2 draws, 8 losses), but narrowed the gap with Gangwon FC in 11th place to 5 points. Incheon remained in 9th place with 12 points (3 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses).
Previously, in the 99th legendary match held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul and Jeonbuk could not decide the match with a score of 1-1.
It was Jeonbuk, the visiting team, that took the lead. Gustavo shook the Seoul net 11 seconds after the kick-off whistle blew. He intercepted the opposing defender’s pass miss and connected it with a right-footed shot. He set a tie record for the shortest time in K-League history.
Seoul, who was hit by a blow,크크크벳 continued the offensive for an equalizer. And in the 32nd minute of the second half, Na Sang-ho’s cross was headed by Park Dong-jin, who finally balanced it. However, neither Seoul’s reverse goal nor Jeonbuk’s additional goal came out. In the end, the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
From Seoul’s point of view, the draw was a pitiful result in that it was a home game and there was a serious power leak in Jeonbuk, such as Hong Jeong-ho, Song Min-gyu, and Kim Moon-hwan. The winless jinx against Jeonbuk has increased to 18 games. Jeonbuk also recently changed the atmosphere as manager Kim Sang-sik resigned, scoring the opening goal in 11 seconds and taking the advantage, but was unable to keep the lead, resulting in a somewhat regrettable victory point.
Seoul ranked 2nd with 20 points (6 wins, 2 draws, 3 losses), and Jeonbuk maintained 10th place with 11 points (3 wins, 2 draws, 6 losses).
In the away game against Daegu held at DGB Daegu Bank Park, Ulsan, the leader, took the lead alone, boasting strong firepower.
Hwang Jae-hwan’s opening goal broke the balance in the 11th minute of the first half, and Ulsan took an early 3-0 lead with Bako and Hwang Jae-hwan’s consecutive goals in the 38th and 40th minutes of the first half. Ulsan was greatly pushed back to 0-9 in the number of shots in the second half, but did not allow a single goal and won by 3 goals in enemy territory.
With this victory, Ulsan recorded 28 points (9 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss), widening the gap with second place Seoul to 8 points. On the other hand, Daegu stayed in 7th place with 13 points (3 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses).