FC Seoul beats Suwon 1-0 for first win in seven games…
Professional soccer K League 1 club FC Seoul broke a six-match winless streak in the league’s “Super Match” against Suwon Samsung.
Seoul held on to a goal from Ilyuchenko in the first minute of the match to win 1-0 in the 29th round of the Hana OneQ K League 2023 at Suwon World Cup Stadium on February 2.
Seoul, which had been struggling with four draws and two losses in its last four matches, jumped from sixth to third place (43 points) with its first win in nearly two months since a 7-2 victory over Suwon FC on July 12.
Acting head coach Kim Jin-gyu, who took over after Seoul parted ways with former coach Ahn Ik-soo following the club’s 2-2 draw with Daegu FC in Round 27, enjoyed a victory in his first two games in charge.
Seoul have won all three of their supermatches this season.
With 11th-placed Suwon (22 points) likely to be in a relegation battle in Final B until the end of the season, and Seoul in Final A, this season’s Super Match will end with a sweep in Seoul’s favor.
Seoul maintained its dominance in the all-time Super Match with 42 wins, 25 draws and 35 losses.
For Kim Byung-soo’s Suwon, the Super Match defeat stings even more, as their summer surge was halted by a 0-4 thrashing at Gwangju FC.
It was Suwon’s first defeat in three months after a four-match losing streak in June.
Seoul opened the scoring in the Suwon goal as soon as the kickoff whistle blew.
Park Soo-il’s cross from the right was trapped once by Ilyuchenko with his chest before firing a right-footed shot into the top right corner of the net.
Suwon defender Kim Joo-won closed in on Ilyuchenko, but it wasn’t enough.
It was Ilyuchenko’s second goal in as many games, following a 2-2 draw with Ulsan Hyundai.
Suwon appeared to level the score in the 12th minute of the second half when Ko Seung-beom slid in a grounded cross from Acosti that was blocked by goalkeeper Choi Cheol-won, but the goal was disallowed as Acosti was found to be in an offside position.
Suwon, who introduced Kazuki and Mulicic in the 16th minute, took the initiative at the start of the second half, but were denied by Choi one shot after another.
In the 20th minute, Choi Cheol-won read the direction of a corner kick from the left, which Mulicic finished with a header, and flew to his left to make the save.
Ko Seung-bum’s hard left-footed shot from the left side of the goal area in the 30th minute was also saved by Choi, as was a direct free-kick attempt by “left-foot specialist” Lee Ki-je in the 41st minute.
Suwon’s momentum was halted in the 45th minute when defender Han Ho-gang was shown a straight red card for a rough tackle on Ji Dong-won.
There were 22,882 fans in attendance at the Suwon World Cup Stadium.
In the 23rd minute of the first half, a fan in the Seoul away end passed out from the heat and the game was stopped for about five minutes. The fan regained consciousness and was taken to the hospital.
At the Incheon Football Stadium, the visiting Pohang Steelers converted both of their second-half penalty kicks to defeat Incheon United 2-0.
Zeca opened the scoring in the 18th minute with a penalty kick, his eighth goal of the season.
Earlier, Incheon goalkeeper Kim Dong-heon had fouled Pohang’s Kim Seung-dae as he dribbled into the box, conceding a penalty kick.
In the last minute of the game, Incheon’s Chun Sung-hoon committed a handball and gave away a penalty kick.
In the 41st minute of the second half, Wandelsson stepped up to take the kick and neatly scored to seal the victory for Pohang.
Incheon was disappointed to not be able to finish with a goal in the second half, even though the forward line, including Mugosa and Gerso, worked hard to create scoring chances.
Second-placed Pohang increased their points tally to 53 and widened the gap to 10 points between them and the top three. 안전카지노사이트