K League 1 Gwangju defeats Suwon 4-0 to move into 3rd place
Gwangju FC jumped to third place in the K League One after defeating Suwon Samseong.
Gwangju defeated Suwon 4-0 at home in the 28th round of the Hana OneQ K League 2023 at the Gwangju Football Stadium on Sunday.
With the win, Gwangju jumped from sixth to third place (42-39 points). They have the same number of points as fourth-place Jeonbuk Hyundai (42-34 points), but have a superior goal difference.
The unbeaten streak was extended to eight games (three wins and five draws). Gwangju hasn’t lost since playing Gangwon FC on March 7.
Unable to build on the momentum of their 1-0 win over Jeju United in the previous round, Suwon remained in 11th place (22 points).
Gwangju dominated the game from the start, as they drove their opponents back into the opponent’s half with their next-level passing and concise attacks.
Gwangju scored first in the 17th minute when Lee Hee-gyun, who received a forward pass from Ahn Young-gyun, beat two defenders before falling down and firing a shot into the goal.
In the 37th minute, a picturesque passing play by the Gwangju offense led to another goal.
Lee Hee-gyun sent in a low cross from the left side, and Jung Ho-yeon on the left side of the goal area and Thomas in front of it crossed the ball to Asani on the right side.
Asani’s non-stop left-footed shot found the bottom left corner of the net.
Gwangju’s momentum continued in the second half. Um Ji-sung scored a multi-goal effort six minutes after the second half kickoff to seal the win for Gwangju.
Um made it 3-0 in the first minute of the second half with a sliding finish off a ground ball cross from the right by Asani.
The attack looked simple, but the Suwon defense completely missed it.
Uhm Ji Sung made it 4-0 in the sixth minute of the second half with a stunning right-footed curling shot from the left side of the penalty area.
FC Seoul, who became acting head coach following the resignation of Ahn Ik-soo, earned a valuable point with a 2-2 draw at home to leaders Ulsan Hyundai.
After parting ways with head coach Ahn Ik-soo, who announced his resignation at an official press conference after the 27th round match against Daegu FC on Sept. 19, Seoul appointed Kim Jin-gyu as acting head coach for their first match of the season.
Seoul was unable to break its winless streak in its last six matches (4 draws, 2 losses) and 18 league games against Ulsan (5 draws, 13 losses), but a last-minute equalizer gave it a valuable point and a chance to rebound. Seoul, with 40 points, remained in fifth place.
Following their strong performance against Seoul, Ulsan (61 points) maintained their 11-point lead over second-placed Pohang Steelers (50 points) but narrowly missed out on their 20th league win of the season.
In the words of acting coach Kim Jin-gyu, who said he had “venom” in his preparation for the game after suddenly taking over the reins, Seoul came out firing from the start and struck within the opening nine minutes.
After a cross from the right flank by Park Soo-il, Ki Sung-yueng’s shot was deflected by the defense and Ilyuchenko was able to collect it exquisitely before finishing with his right foot to take the lead.
It was the third goal of the season for Ilyuchenko, who hasn’t started since July 8 against Jeonbuk.
Ulsan countered in the 12th minute by bringing on Lee Chung-yong for U-22 international Hwang Jae-hwan.
After missing a chance to add to their lead in the 42nd minute when Hyun Sang-hyeop’s header in front of goal was saved by Ulsan goalkeeper Cho Hyun-woo, Seoul started the second half by removing Illyuchenko, Hyun Sang-hyeop, and Kim Jin-ya and bringing on Na Sang-ho, Willian, and Han Seung-gyu to increase the pace of their attack.
Ulsan responded with a change in the 12th minute, replacing Rubiksson with Martin Adam to pair up with Lee Min-kyu, and bringing back Lee Chung-yong from the bench and sending off Lee Kyu-sung.
In the 19th minute of the second half, the game became even more intense as Inhabigyu equalized.
After Bako’s shot from the left side of the penalty area was blocked by Seoul goalkeeper Choi Chul-won, In-Joo slid the ball home, ending a goal drought that had lasted nearly two months since the 21st round against Pohang on July 8.
After regaining his taste for goals, Inhabigyu struck back in the 23rd minute of the second half.
After slamming home a ball from Seol Young-woo on the right side of the penalty area with his right foot, Inhabigyu reignited the race for the top scorer with his 13th goal of the league, tying him with Thiago (Daejeon).
Seoul made a game-changing move in the 33rd minute, withdrawing Ki Sung-yueng and introducing striker Ji Dong-won, who had made his first appearance of the season in the previous round.
Ulsan then dropped Bako and Lee Dong-kyung to set up a solid defense, but were unable to stop Willian in stoppage time.
After beating four defenders down the left flank and getting into the penalty area, Willian drilled a right-footed shot into the top corner to send the Seoul fans into a frenzy. 토토사이트