2015 K-League Classic – Round 4 Recap

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The fourth round of the 2015 Classic was full of jinxes, with some clubs managing to break theirs and others unable to escape.

FC Seoul 1 – 0 Jeju United
(89’ Everton Santos)

With their 1-0 loss to FC Seoul, Jeju United fell to 0-8-13 in their last 21 attempts against the capital side.

The match marked the domestic return of controversial striker Park Chu-young, who entered play after half time. The former Arsenal player missed a golden chance created by Cha Du-ri’s cross after it was barely cleared by a Jeju defender, but delivered an overall admirable performance.

Jeju faced a few decisive moments as well but their poor finishing hampered players from scoring.

Everton found his chance in the 89th minute as the ball struck the post and bounced his way; the Brazilian put his name on the scoresheet with the lone goal of the match.

Suwon Samsung Bluewings 2 – 1 Busan I’Park
(20’ Min Sang-gi, 90’ Kim Eun-sun / 74’ Wesley)

Suwon again enjoyed the gift of stoppage time in a late win over Busan I’Park.

The home side opened scoring with Min Sang-gi’s header, then went up a man when Busan’s Ju Se-jong was sent off for an unnecessary foul.

The outnumbered Busan were awarded a penalty kick on a nearly successful counter attack, but it was saved by Suwon goalkeeper Noh Dong-gun.

Showing their vulnerability to counters on numerous occasions, Suwon eventually allowed Wesley to score an equaliser.

The AFC Champions League competitors finally managed to snatch another dramatic victory as Kim Eun-sun scored a last-minute goal in stoppage time.

Despite the win, Bluewings manager Seo Jung-won called the three points lucky and promised self-reflection after failing to overwhelm a shorthanded opponent.

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 1 – 0 Pohang Steelers
(71’ Edu)

The defending champions became the first K-League side to earn 10 points this season after a narrow win.

Both teams clashed in a meeting of swift attacking and solid defending which continued deep into the second half.

Jeonbuk manager Choi Kang-hee attempted to turn the tide by replacing central midfielder Moon Sang-yun with Lee Dong-gook, a decision that would change the outcome of the match. Lee soon after made a brilliant cross to Edu, who found the net with his left foot.

Goalkeeper Kwon Sun-tae’s fine performance was also outstanding in the victory, through which Jeonbuk extended their unbeaten streak to 19 matches.

Daejun Citizen 1 – 4 Seongnam FC
(11’ Adriano / 18’ 58’ 60’ Kim Doo-heon, 20’ Hwang Ui-jo)

Daejun’s Adriano became the team’s first scorer of 2015 as he struck the ball into the back of the net. However, their joy did not last more than seven minutes as Kim Doo-heon scored the equaliser, which was immediately followed by Hwang Ui-jo’s strike to put Seongnam into the lead.

Daejun started to lose co-ordination after conceding two goals in two minutes, and Kim Doo-heon took advantage by recording two goals in the second half and completing his hat trick.

Ulsan Hyundai 2 – 0 Gwangju FC
(15’ Jeong Jun-yeon (OG), 53’ Kim Shin-wook)

Kim Shin-wook returned to the Ulsan starting lineup after starting the last three matches on the bench, proving that he is a key player in the side.

The 196-centimetre-tall striker was simply unstoppable, first forcing an own-goal in the 15th minute and then heading in Lee Myung-jae’s cross early in the second half.

Kim was disappointed to end the day with just two goals after another header, this one in stoppage time, struck the woodwork.

Ulsan became the second team to obtain 10 points in the league and currently occupy the top spot ahead of Jeonbuk Hyundai on goal difference.

Jeonnam Dragons 1 – 0 Incheon United
(73’ Lee Jong-ho)

After a scoreless first half, Incheon head coach Kim Do-hoon brought on controversial attacker Lee Chun-soo. The 33-year-old made his first appearance in Jeonnnam’s home of Gwangyang Stadium since his controversial departure from the club in 2009.

His effect on the match was noticeable, as the veteran helped his side to swiftly penetrate Jeonnam’s flank.

In the end it was Lee Jong-ho’s long-range strike which found the net first. Facing another defeat, Incheon attempted to pull one back but were unsuccessful.

With this victory, Jeonnam finally broke their jinx of 22 games without a win against Incheon, who remain winless this season.