1) Suwon can’t win against Seongnam these days.
Both teams have had very contrasting seasons. Suwon occupy second and will be hoping that post-split results and fixtures are favourable to keep them in with a shout of the title. Seongnam have had a tough first season since the council took them over, from managers assaulting players to some terrible results both home and away. One bright light though in their season has been their results against the teams from Gyeonggi-do and especially Suwon. Sunday brought the last meeting between the teams this year and yet again Suwon came up short despite having the numerical advantage in terms of the number of home games. The record for 2014 finished Seongnam W1 D2 L0, the highlight being a tough choice between the 2-0 home victory at the start of the season and the sight of Djeparov’s 93rd minute equalizer on Sunday. Suwon might just look back on this season and feel a failure to get more than 2pts in these fixtures was one of the reasons they couldn’t push Jeonbuk closer.
2) Pohang need to practice penalties.
Yet again Pohang’s penalty prowess was called into question at the weekend. To say they have been unsuccessful from the spot is an understatement. They exited the FA Cup from the spot against FC Seoul in embarrassing fashion managing to convert only two attempts to Seoul’s four. The teams then met again in the ACL quarter-final. The match finished goalless over two legs and 210 mins. Pohang contrived to miss their first three penalties in the shoot-out to crash out of the ACL 3-0 on penalties. Then again only last weekend against Incheon United it took Ko Mu Yeol three attempts to knock the ball past the keeper. Surely after all this they would spend a training session on penalties? Er… no! Roll on Jeju on Sunday and with the scoreline 0-0, cue a Pohang penalty. Up stepped Shin Kwang Hoon to take it. I’m not saying it was a bad penalty but I think fans from the stand could’ve made it on to the pitch to save it. Jeju then went on to comfortably run out 3-0 winners and Pohang’s chances of consecutive titles were all but dead and buried.
3) Jeonbuk look unstoppable.
This one seems a little obvious but Jeonbuk deserve credit where it’s due. I’ve seen them several times this season and they are head and shoulders above most teams they play. Recently they have been comfortable 10 man winners against Seongnam, finished Jeju off 2-0 after only 5 mins and defeated Ulsan without really breaking sweat, although a 2-0 victory over Incheon isn’t exactly going to rock the world of football it has been the manner of their victorys that have impressed. Incheon had played well the previous week against Pohang and would’ve been hoping to take that confidence into this match. Jeonbuk though had other ideas and bossed the match from the start, Incheon had named goalkeeper Yoo as their key player so I guess they had an idea of what was to come. Two goals in the space of five minutes towards the end of the first half was enough to see off Incheon. Jeonbuk didn’t have to push anymore in the second half but the feeling was always there that if need be they could notch up another couple.
4) Busan have found their winning touch when it matters.
Busan seem to have spent almost the whole of the season in danger of either automatic relegation or the dreaded playoff but suddenly they seem to have sparked into life. None more so than the demoralizing defeat of Gyeongnam on Sunday. As Seongnam were snatching a point from the jaws of defeat on Sunday, Busan were running riot at the Asiad Stadium. Their second victory on the bounce, having beaten Jeju last weekend, it sees them climb out the bottom two and march up to 9th. Everything is still too tight to call at the bottom of the table but there’s no doubt that a 4-0 victory over your closest challenger is a morale boost of epic size. They have Seoul away in the final fixture before the split and although a tough one if they can bring their recent form into this one alongside Seoul’s unpredictability then you never know.
5) It’s a man’s game they say!
A lot of talk is made these days about footballers diving and faking injuries and being ‘less manly’ than our father’s days but on Sunday I think it finally worked it’s way into the stands. I was in the away end at Suwon v Seongnam and although it wasn’t maybe as atmospheric as the recent Supermatch it was still buzzing. Suddenly I looked round and noticed this chap catching up with some much needed rest!!!
Now I’m all for equal rights but seriously! Sleeping on your girlfriend’s lap while she sits engrossed in the game is kinda pushing it. The other incredibly upsetting aspect of the whole sorry affair was a distinct lack of beer being present in said man’s possession. One can only hope he mans up for next season.