Led by a multi-goal performance from ‘goal-scoring defender’ Yu Ji-ha, professional soccer’s K League 2 Jeonnam Dragons overcame a numerical disadvantage to earn their first win in four games.
Jeonnam won 3-2 in the 31st round of the Hana OneQ K League 2 away match against Gyeongnam FC at the Changwon Football Center on Sunday.
Eighth-ranked Jeonnam (41 points), which has been winless in its last three matches (one draw and two losses), picked up a valuable victory in four games and reduced the gap between itself and fifth-ranked Gyeongnam (45 points), the last team in the semifinals, to four points.
Jeonnam’s central defender Yu Ji-ha’s ‘one-man show’ was impressive.
In the 26th minute of the first half, Yoo joined the attack from Valdivia’s left corner kick and scored the first goal with a header.
Yuji joined the Pohang Steelers in 2018 but failed to make a regular appearance, and last year, wearing a Jeonnam jersey, he scored his debut goal in the K League 2 stage after 15 games.
The home team, Gyeongnam, immediately chanted “Mungun.
Jeonnam equalized in the 36th minute when Mo Jae-hyun scored with a right-footed shot from the left side of the penalty area after receiving a free kick pass from Lee Kwang-jin.
After finishing the first half 1-1, Jeonnam found themselves outnumbered four minutes into the second half when right fullback Asnawi was sent off for accumulating cautions.
Once again, Jeonnam’s ‘crunch time’ came in the form of Yu Ji-ha.
In the 22nd minute of the second half, Yuji became the bluebird of Jeonnam’s victory when he redirected a free kick from the right side of the penalty area by Valdivia with his right foot from the front of the goal area for his second goal. Jeonju pushed their lead to two goals on a set piece.
Jeonnam scored in the 50th minute of the second half through Lee Yong-jae, and Gyeongnam scored in the 52nd minute through Mo Jae-hyun, but there was not enough time to turn the game around.
At the Asan Sunshin Sports Complex, Chungnam Asan battled through heavy rain to earn a 4-3 come-from-behind win over FC Anyang.
Chungnam Asan (33 points), which recently snapped a three-game losing streak, moved up to 10th place, dropping Seoul Eland (32 points) to 11th.
Anyang (42 points), who have lost three straight, remain unchanged in seventh place.
Chungnam Asan’s late comeback was scary.
After conceding a goal to Anyang’s Moon Sung-woo in the sixth minute of the first half, Chungnam Asan went into halftime down 2-1 after Kim Kang-guk equalized from a free kick in the 27th minute and Kang Min-kyu scored the game-winner in the 39th minute.
Anyang fought back and seemed to have the game won when Joo Hyun-woo equalized from a free kick in the fourth minute of the second half and Hong Chang-beom scored the winning goal in the 10th minute of the second half.
However, Chungnam Asan equalized in the 44th minute through Park Dae-hoon, and in the 45th minute, defender Park Sung-woo’s long ball from his own half toward the Anyang goal bounced in front of the advancing goalkeeper and went straight into the net, ending the “Woojung Bloodbath”.
At Bucheon Sports Complex, third-ranked Bucheon FC and fourth-ranked Gimpo FC played to a scoreless draw.
Bucheon remained unbeaten in six matches (four wins and two draws), while Gimpo remained unbeaten in three matches (two wins and one draw).
Both teams have the same number of points (49), but Bucheon’s superior goal difference keeps them in third place. 파워볼게임