Incheon’s Oh Ban-seok (#4) celebrates with teammates after scoring the game-winning goal in second-half stoppage time to tie the match 1-1 against visiting Suwon FC in the K League 1 on Friday. Oh’s goal lifted Incheon above Seoul into fourth place.
Jeonbuk (42 points), 성인웹툰 which had climbed to third in the standings, saw its momentum come to a halt.
Jeonbuk drew 1-1 with Daejeon in a K League 1 home game on Sept. 25. Including that game, Jeonbuk has one draw and one loss in its last two matches.
Before the season began, Jeonbuk was said to be in contention for the title with Ulsan (60-1). However, Jeonbuk has since dropped to 10th place with three wins, one draw, and six losses in its first 10 games. It wasn’t until former head coach Kim Sang-sik was fired and Dan Petrescu was hired as acting head coach that Jeonbuk stabilized. In the next 10 games, Jeonbuk won seven games, drew two, lost one, and climbed to fourth in the standings, and as high as third this month.
However, against Daejeon, a promoted team this season, Jeonbuk struggled “even on this day. They conceded the first goal in the 33rd minute to Daejeon’s Thiago. If it weren’t for Song Min-kyu’s equalizer four minutes later, they could have hung their heads in shame like they did in their first meeting. On April 26, Jeonbuk lost 1-2 to Daejeon at home. Troubled from the start, Jeonbuk has struggled against Daejeon this season with two draws and one loss in three games. The only consolation for Jeonbuk was that they managed to hold on to their hard-earned third place.
Even for Daejeon, the draw was disappointing. Daejeon, 일본야동 which was in second place at the beginning of the season as a surprise promotion team, has recently dropped to seventh place. Bae Jun-ho, 20, who led South Korea to the quarterfinals at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, which ended in June, is also facing an upcoming move. After scoring two goals in 17 games this season, Bae is on the verge of a move to Stoke City in the English Championship (second tier). It was also his farewell game, and he was given a rinse by his teammates after the game.
Daejeon’s Bae Jun-ho (above), who is said to be on the verge of a move to a European club, gets a rinse from his teammates after the match on Friday. Bae Jun-ho is reportedly close to a move to Stoke City in the English Championship (second division).
Incheon (40 points) moved up to fourth place with a 2-1 win over Suwon FC. Oh Ban-seok’s dramatic header from a corner kick in stoppage time with the score tied 1-1 secured the three points. Seoul (39 points), who recently lost their head coach Ahn Ik-soo, dropped to fifth place.
Suwon FC (26-10), which had slipped into the relegation zone (10th-12th) last month with one draw and four losses, was rebounding with two wins (one loss) from its previous three games in August. Despite conceding a first-half goal to Incheon’s Chun Seong-hoon in stoppage time, Lee Seung-woo equalized in the first minute of the second half to give Suwon a point. However, they were outnumbered after Lopez was sent off in the 42nd minute for punching Kim Jun-yup (Incheon) in the face, 한국야동 and they couldn’t survive the six minutes of extra time and eventually collapsed.