2014 K-League Classic – Round 36 Recap

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Jeonbuk Motors - 2014 K-League Champions

Despite several key players travelling to the Middle East for international matches, the continued for Round 36. Off the back of their title-deciding win last weekend, Jeonbuk rewrote history with a 1–0 victory, while Suwon earned the country’s second ticket to the 2015 AFC Champions League.

Incheon United 1-1 Sangju Sangmu

It did not take long for Incheon to score an opener after Kim Do-hyuk’s left-footed shot found the net in the seventh minute. Incheon continued pushing for more goals, but Sangju’s goalkeeper Hong Jeong-nam was able to fight against their relentless attack. As the old saying goes, opportunities are found in times of crisis and, while Incheon kept missing chances, Sangju’s Cho Dong-geon earned a penalty, which was converted by Yang Joon-a converted after 65 minutes. The game ended with both teams earning a solitary point, leaving Sangju three points behind 11th-placed Seongnam and still hopeful of avoiding relegation.

Busan I’Park 1-1 Jeonnam Dragons

After a rather quiet first half, Busan took the lead as Kim Yong-tae put his name on the score sheet in the 68th minute. Jeonnam’s Stevica Ristic quickly netted an equalizer three minutes later, seeing the last goal action of the match. With this draw, Busan added a much-desired point and complete safety from the relegation zone.

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 1-0 Pohang Steelers

Jeonbuk celebrated their league championship win with a new record, beating Pohang 1-0 to record eight consecutive victories with a clean sheet – the longest such streak in K-League history. After providing an assist for Kaio’s winning goal, Leonardo is now atop of the assist leaderboard with 10 so far this season.

FC Seoul 2-2 Ulsan Hyundai

Through a lack of persistence, FC Seoul lost two points after a 2-0 half-time lead. Koh Myong-jin and Yun Il-lok on 26 and 30 minutes respectively helped Seoul to largely dominate the game, but Ulsan’s never-say-die attitude saw them attack vigorously in the second half to twice find the back of the net and steal points from the capital club.

Seongnam FC 1-1 Gyeongnam

Gyeongnam dabbled with the prospect of first division football next season as they remained 10th on the table against 11th-place Seongnam, who needed to win this match the avoid the risk of relegation. Seongnam went ahead in the 30th minute through Server Djeparov’s header, but Song Soo-young’s perfect shot found the net to bring the game back to square one. Following the equaliser, Gyeongnam focused on their tenacious defence to maintain the scoreline and earn the point they needed.

Jeju United 0-1 Suwon Samsung Bluewings

A scoreless first half saw Suwon’s Yeom Ki-hun come in and dominate the middle of the park, a decision that brought positive change to the team and allowing Kim Doo-hyun to open the scoring. The solitary goal was enough to earn Suwon the three points and, more importantly, a qualification spot to next season’s AFC Champions League.

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