2015 K-League Classic – Round 5 Recap

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Daejun Citizen FC 1 – 1 Ulsan Hyundai FC
(65’ Seo Myeong-won / 44’ Yang Dong-hyun)

Daejun manager Cho Jin-ho promised attacking football after gaining promotion to the first division as K League Challenge champions. The result was disastrous as Daejun failed to earn any point in the first four matches. As losses mounted, Cho was faced with a need to compromise.

On this day, Daejun relied on solid defending and thrived on the counterattack. The hosts remained calm despite conceding a goal to Yang Dong-hyun before the end of the first half. Finally, in the 65th minute, Daejun’s rising star Seo Myeong-won scored an equalizer to earn a precious point against giants Ulsan.

Seongnam FC 1 – 0 Busan I’Park
(78’ Ricardo Bueno (pk))

After a goalless first half featured poor finishing from both sides, Seongnam brought on key player Kim Doo-hyun, who started from the bench to get some rest for the upcoming match against Incheon on Wednesday. Kim’s presence put the team in high spirits.

On 78 minutes, Ricardo Bueno found the net with his right foot from the spot for the game’s lone goal. The result let Seongnam move up to the seventh with seven points, while Busan remain at the bottom of the table.

Jeju United 1 – 0 Pohang Steelers
(69’ Jung Da-hwon)

Jeju World Cup Stadium lived up to its reputation as an impregnable fortress. But while the home team dominated the match, the away side did retreat. Jeju’s Ricardo Lopez converted his impressive dribbling skills into critical chances, which unfortunately failed to be converted into goals.

But persistence paid off, and Jung Da-hwon opened the scoring found the net in the 69th minute after a series of sustained attacks by the hosts for what became the only goal of the match.

Incheon United 1 – 1 FC Seoul
(49’ Kim In-sung / 09’ Park Chu-young (pk))

This match garnered attention for featuring two forgotten geniuses, namely Park Chu-young and Lee Chun-soo. Though Park was the one who put his name on the score sheet, Lee’s performance was far more noticeable.

Park converted a penalty kick for his first K-League goal in 2,562 days, but that was all the former Arsenal signing was capable of accomplishing.

While Park stayed rather unnoticeable after scoring the opener, Lee contributed to an equalizer and led his outnumbered side after Jo Soo-chul was ruled off, preserving a home point against the ACL representatives.

The result leaves FC Seoul floundering in 10th place with just four points from the first five matches of the season.

Jeonnam Dragons FC 1 – 1 Suwon Samsung Bluewings
(35’ Lee Jong-ho / 25’ Yang Sang-min)

Yeom Gi-hoon again shined through. “The left-footed magician” delivered an accurate cross that was met by Yang’s header for the first goal of the match, making it the the sixth consecutive match that Yeom had been either directly or indirectly involved in a goal for his team.

Jeonnnam responded by concentrating on marking Yeom out of the match, and their efforts paid dividends as Lee Jong-ho scored the equalizer 10 minutes later. Suwon remained on the alert for a scoring opportunity, but Jeonnam’s defense was solid and the match ended in a tie.

Gwangju FC 2 – 3 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
(21’ Cho Yong-tae, 90’ Kim Kee-hee (OG) / 41’ 54’ Leonardo, 45’ Han Kyo-won)

Leonardo’s multi-goal performance led the team to a come from behind victory.

Gwangju’s Cho Yong-tae opened the scoring when he lobbed the shot over the goalkeeper.

In the 41th minute, Leonardo evened the score, which was followed by a go-ahead goal by Han on the stroke of half time.

Early in the second half, the two scorers combined forces when Han sent a pass into the feet of Leonardo, who soon converted the team’s third goal.

A late own-goal from Kim Kee-hee gave hope to the promoted hosts, but Jeonbuk held on for the win and now sit on top of the table.