2014 K-League Classic – Round 37 Recap

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As a result of scheduling around the Korean FA Cup, Round 37’s final two fixtures were rescheduled to November 26. In the round, Jeonbuk tied the league record for consecutive wins, while Sangju’s relegation to the Classic was confirmed.

Gyeongnam FC 0 – 1 Busan I’Park

Gyeongnam battled fiercely with relegation on the line, but their poor finishing left the first half scoreless. Milos Stojanovic’s header found the back of the net at the hour mark following Jin Kyung-sun’s cross, but the linesman raised his flag as Stajanovic was fractionally offside. Launching their counterattacks, Busan soon seized their chance with Nilson Junior’s goal. With this victory, Busan secured their K-League Classic survival.

Jeonnam Dragons 3 – 1 Sangju Sangmu

There was no miracle for military side Sangju Sangmu. After Stevo’s right-footed opener, Sangju’s Cho Dong-geon scored an equalizer with a bicycle kick in the 25th minute. 10 minutes later, however, Leandrinho’s long-ranger saw Jeonnam regain the lead. Stevo again found the net in the 89th minute, which confirmed Sangju’s relegation regardless of Round 38’s results.

Suwon Samsung Bluewings 1 – 2 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors

Jong Tae-se’s goal was not enough to seal the victory over 2014 K-League Classic Champions. Jeonbuk came from behind and won with goals from Lee Seung-hyun and Jeong Hyuk. By defeating Suwon, Jeonbuk also matched the K-League Classic’s record of nine consecutive victories set by Ulsan and Seognam, and will now be aiming to break the record in the final round.

Ulsan Hyundai 0 – 1 Jeju United

Jeju’s late goal continues Ulsan’s four-game winless streak. Jeju’s Jin Dae-sung was brought on to replace Yoon Bit-garam in the 88th minute; moments later he scored a dramatic game-winning goal. With this, Jeju secured fifth place in the table, while Ulsan remained in sixth.

FC Seoul 0 – 0 Pohang Steelers

Third-place Pohang and fourth-place Seoul fought for the K-League’s third and final spot in the AFC Champions League. Desperate Seoul dominated, controlling the ball 62 percent of the time and taking 13 shots. Pohang however maintained their solid solid defense with three center backs, and the match ended in a scoreless draw. Seoul, with a better goal difference than Pohang’s, can now only return to the ACL only if they win and Pohang lose in the final round.

Incheon United 0 – 1 Seongnam FC

2014 FA Cup winners  and 2015 ACL participants Seongnam have increased their chances of staying in ’s top tier after they defeated Incheon. Incheon’s goalkeeper Yoo Hyun delivered a fine performance throughout the match, but Seongnam’s offensive moves won the game as Kim Dong-sub found the net at the end of the first half. If they defeat Busan in the season finale, Seongnam will avoid relegation even if Gyeongnam win in the final round.