The Ahn Jung Hwan award for shock of the week
The main talking point from the weekend’s games had to be Seongnam’s 3-1 demolition of Pohang. The result was surprising for a number of reasons a) Pohang were on a good run and sat proudly at the top of the table, b) Seongnam were enduring another indifferent start to the season similar to last year although the resignation of coach Park Jong Hwan for ‘slapping’ a couple of players had managed to distract many from events on the park. The news that Server Deparov had managed to score, albeit from the penalty spot, was probably as surprising as the result itself. Deparov’s return to Korean football hasn’t exactly been spectacular and considering he currently pulls in the third highest salary for a foreigner in Korea one could say it’s been almost regretful.
Seongnam took the lead from the aforementioned penalty in the 17th minute and shortly after Pohang contrived to miss a penalty of their own. The teams went in at HT with Seongnam leading 1-0. With almost 20 minutes gone of the second half Pohang equalized through Bae Seul Ki. Seongnam though refused to settle for a draw (something they’ve made a habit of doing of late) and reclaimed the lead in the 76th minute through Jung Sun Ho. With the game almost at an end and Seongnam looking good for all three points Kim Tae Hwan, playing his 100th professional match, grabbed a third in the 92nd minute.
The game finished 3-1 and Seongnam claimed a much needed and deserved 3pts. Their home form this season against the ‘big teams’ has been good with both a 2-0 victory over Suwon Bluewings and a 0-0 draw with FC Seoul earlier in the season. A trip to the World Cup Stadium in Seoul is up next for Seongnam and on recent form it could be anyone’s game.
The other fixtures were as follows.
Incheon United 1 FC Seoul 0 (see previous post for match report)
Suwon Bluewings 1 Jeonbuk Motors 0
Ulsan 1 Jeju United 1
Jeonam Dragons 4 Sangsu 3
Busan 2 Gyeongnam 2