The K-League Classic is drawing more fans than ever before.
With a total of 50,301 in attendance this weekend, the league has seen a 10 percent increase compared to the same round last season. Fans didn’t leave the stadiums disappointed, either, with 17 goals scored across the six matches.
Ulsan Hyundai 0 – 0 Jeonnam Dragons
Jeonnam could not overcome the tenacious defence of 10-man Ulsan, despite a few decisive chances by Macedonian striker Stevica Ristic with his head and right foot during the first half.
After Kim Tae-hwan’s 65th-minute red card put the visitors down to 10 men, Ulsan goalkeeper Kim Seung-gyu had to put in a fine performance to save the team and preserve the scoreless draw.
Busan I’Park 2 – 3 Gwangju FC
(6′ 23′ Ju SJ / 3′ Lim SY, 17′ Lee JM, 82′ Kim HN)
Gwangju manager Nam Ki-il predicted that the match would be won by a single goal, and he was proven right.
After Gwangju’s Lim Sun-young found the net in the third minute, the hosts needed just another three minutes to return fire through Ju Se-jong.
Gwangju defender Lee Jong-min scored his team’s second goal on 17 minutes, but Ju Se-jong again changed the flow of the match by equalizing via a free kick.
The exciting game was decided in the second half as Kim Ho-nam put his name on the scoreboard in the 82nd minute for the visitors, bringing Gwangju up to third in the standings and proving their potential in the top flight.
Jeju United 5 – 0 Daejun Citizen
(9′ Kang SI, 19′ Lopes, 33′ Bae KJ, 59′ Song JH, 72′ Kim YS)
As Gwangju prospered, another newly-promoted team suffered on the road against Jeju United.
Having conceded two goals in the first ten minutes of the match, Daejun were unable to change the atmosphere and Jeju piled on with three more goals for a depressingly accurate 5-0 scoreline.
Daejun only found their chances as Jeju’s key players were substituted out for rest, and poor finishing prevented any from going into the net.
The 2014 K-League Challenge winners look determined to return to the second division, having conceded eight goals in three losses to open their Classic campaign.
Pohang Steelers 2 – 1 FC Seoul
(32′ 57′ Kim SD / 87′ Yun JT)
Yoon Ju-tae’s late goal was not enough to save the Seoul from their third consecutive defeat. While both teams vied for control of the match, it was Pohang who smiled first as Kim Seung-dae beat the offside trap and scored with his right foot in the 31st minute.
Kim then found the back of the net again in the 56 minute to double Pohang’s lead.
Seoul tried to come from behind with Yoon’s late goal four minutes before the final whistle, but time was not on Seoul’s side, and Pohang successfully found revenge for their losses to the capital side last season.
Seongnam FC 1 – 3 Suwon Samsung Bluewings
(69′ Hwang EJ / 45’+2 51′ Yeom KH, 90’+3 Kaio)
While both teams were tired from having participated in midweek AFC Champions League fixtures, Seongnam, with an advantage of having a home game unlike Suwon, dominated the first half. However, Yeon Ki-hoon scored from a direct free kick in the stoppage time of the first half to send Suwon leading into halftime.
Yeon scored another in the beginning of the second half, seemingly putting the game out of reach for the hosts. Seongnam tried to catch up as Hwang Eui-jo converted a penalty, but Kaio’s header secured three points for Suwon.
Incheon United 0 – 0 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
2014 champions Jeonbuk could not conquer 10-man Incheon for the day’s second scoreless draw.
The pairing of two brilliant strikers Edu and Goncalves failed to create enough synergy for Jeonbuk to set a new K-League record for the longest winning streak on the road.
Jeonbuk seemed to gain a big opportunity as Incheon’s Kwon Wan-kyu was shown a red card. But their offense was ineffective and the two sides ended tied at 0-0 in what was surely a disappointing result for the hungry visitors.