2014 K-League Classic – Round 34 Recap

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Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors v Guangzhou Evergrande - AFC Champions League Group G

Jeonbuk’s win over FC Seoul took them within three of clinching their third  title since 2009, while Sangju remain bottom and look headed for relegation to the K League Challenge.

Pohang Steelers 1 – 1 Jeju United
While Pohang dominated the match and controlled possession from the beginning, the team failed to create chances as Jeju remained solid at the back. Focusing on defence and counterattacking, the visitors found the back of the net with their first shot after 24 minutes. Pohang strengthened their attack by bringing on Yoo Chang-hyun, finally equalizing in the 65th minute. After a bitter battle to the final whistle, both sides walked away with a point as neither was able to break away.

Ulsan Hyundai FC 0 – 3 Suwon Samsung Bluewings
While Ulsan created plenty of chances, poor finishing sent them to the halftime break deadlocked at 0-0. Suwon started to attack down the flanks in the second half and took the lead after Lee Jae-won conceded an own goal. Suwon pushed for more goals after that, and Santos and Lee Sang-ho both found the net to seal all three points for Suwon.

Jeonnam Dragons 1 – 1 Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
Server Djeparov scored the opening goal of the match from the spot just before half time. However, Seongnam couldn’t hold on as Jeonnam equalised five minutes before the final whistle through Lee Jong-ho, ensuring the match ended in a 1–1 draw. The disappointing draw again prevented Seongnam from escaping the relegation zone.

FC Seoul 0 – 1 Jeonbuk Motors
Choi Kang-hee, Joenbuk’s coach, chose to play with a back three and focused on counter-attacking, as the side only needed six points from the remaining five matches to win the league. Seoul played aggressively as they needed all three points to remain in contention for an AFC Champions League spot. While they couldn’t break down Jeonbuk’s strong defence, Seoul looked to have secured a point before Kaio Felipe Gonçalves scored the winner for Jeonbuk in the 93rd minute.

Sangju Sangmu FC 2 – 3 Busan I’Park
Busan did not have to wait long for the opener as Jose Fagner scored after just four minutes. Sangju attacked with purpose, looking for an equalizer which finally came in the 33rd minute. Busan, however, took their chances to claim victory with Lim Sang-hyub securing a quick-fire brace before half time. Cho Dong-geon pulled one back for the hosts after the break, but Busan managed to seal the win.

Incheon United 1 – 1 Gyeongnam FC
Incheon took the lead after Lee Seok-hyun’s scored from Lee Chun-soo’s assist in the 37th minute. Gyeongnam did not give up, though, and Milos Stojanovic overpowered Incheon’s defenders with his physical prowess to brought Gyeongnam back on level terms, which is how the match ended.

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