The Week In Korea – K-League Round 6 Review
After the excitement of Round Five, Round Six was going to have a lot to live up to. Though there was some good football played, the excitement from the previous week was lacking with only one game causing any real surprise.
Suwon Bluewings have started the season strongly and seem to finally have assembled a squad capable of challenging for the title. However, it was their visit to Chunnam that cause some surprise this weekend. Suwon fell behind in the first half to a great team goal. Their defence was split wide open with a smart through ball between the left-back and central defender, giving the Chunnam winger plenty of space to race into and close in on goal. He showed a cool head and great composure when deciding to square the ball in the box, giving Lee Jong-Ho the simple task of tapping Chunnam ahead in only the eight minute.
Suwon’s equaliser was at first missed by viewers due to some interesting broadcasting decisions. Whilst showing a rather odd slow motion replay of a mundane interception, Suwon managed to level the score, viewers only realizing when the game returned to show Dženan Radončić celebrating his fifth goal in six games this season. A long throw had been delivered into the box and when the Chunnam defence failed to adequately clear their lines, Radončić picked up the lose ball, wriggled past a defender and fired low into the net. After that Suwon never really tested Chunnam’s rather heavyset goalkeeper.
Both Seoul FC and Jeju managed to secure 2-0 victories this weekend, meaning they are now tied at the top of the table along with Suwon. Dejan Damjanovic scored both of Seoul’s goals, the first being an almost carbon copy of a set piece they used in week two but from open play. Molina was wide right, cut inside on his left foot at the edge of the area and chipped a ball over the defensive line, whilst Dejan ghosted between his the centre halves and cleverly back-headed into the far corner.
Currently my pre-season prediction for surprise challengers Jeju United sit top of the table on goal difference.
Elsewhere Lee Dong-Guk moved clear at the top of the scoring chart, claiming his sixth goal of the season in Jeonbuk’s 2-0 away win at Gyeongnam. Pohang’s Romanian playmaker Ianus Zicu, scored his fourth goal in four appearances this season, and has been one of the stand out performers so far this campaign. He has shown to have technique and vision far beyond most K-League players although he may be carrying a few extra pounds.
There was more pain for Daejeon supporters as the Purples’ poor start to the season continued at home to Busan. Despite showing signs of improvement over recent weeks, they were beaten in the last minute by a low drive from Brazilian Fagner.
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