Professional soccer K League 1 side Incheon United jumped to fourth place in the standings with a dramatic goal from Oh Ban-seok just before the end of the game.
Incheon defeated Suwon FC 2-1 away from home in the 28th round of the Hana OneQ K League 2023 on Friday afternoon at Suwon Sports Complex.
With the three points, Incheon jumped two spots to fourth place with 40 points, behind third-place Jeonbuk Hyundai (41 points).
Incheon is also unbeaten in its last four matches, including a 1-1 draw in Rounds 26 and 27 and a 3-1 victory over Vietnam’s Hai Phong FC in the 2023-2024 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL) Playoffs (PO) after 120 minutes of extra-time at the Incheon Football Stadium three days ago.
Having split their last 10 matches with Suwon FC with two wins, six draws and two defeats, Incheon picked up a valuable point and moved one step closer to securing a top-six finish.
Meanwhile, Suwon FC, who had won 2-1 against bottom-placed Gangwon FC in their previous match, failed to extend their lead over 11th-placed Suwon Samsung (22 points), putting the brakes on their bid to escape the relegation zone.
Incheon, who had played a 120-minute extra-time thriller three days earlier, went into the first half without key players such as Mugosa, Jerso and Hernandez in the starting lineup.
Nevertheless, Incheon continued to create chances with Chun Sung-hoon and Mpoku on the center and right flanks, respectively.
After a 10-minute stoppage due to a sinkhole in the ground midway through the match, Incheon took the lead with 12 minutes of first-half added time.
Kim Yeon-soo’s forward through ball broke down Suwon FC’s defense in one fell swoop, and when Kim Jun-yup was brought down by the goalkeeper in the right penalty area, Chun Sung-hoon, who was in the penalty arc, slid the ball into the back of the net with his right foot and slotted it into the empty net.
After conceding the equalizer to Suwon FC’s Lee Seung-woo’s header just 48 seconds into the second half, Incheon brought on Mugosa and Hernandez in the ninth minute of the second half to try to turn things around.
But instead, they allowed Suwon FC, who attacked with Lee Seung-woo and Kim Hyun, to take shots and hit the crossbar twice.
In the 42nd minute of the second half, Suwon FC’s Lopez, excited by Incheon’s rough defense of Kim Jun-yup, swung his right hand and hit Kim Jun-yup in the face, resulting in an immediate ejection.
Incheon did not let their numerical advantage slip away, and from a corner kick opportunity just before the end of the match, Oh Ban-seok scored the dramatic final goal with a header to win the match.
Meanwhile, a sinkhole appeared on the field around the 27th minute of the first half and the match was suspended for about 10 minutes before resuming.
Suwon FC’s Kim Hyun limped after stepping on the area, and when Incheon Mpoku lifted the turf slightly, a huge sinkhole appeared.
The sinkhole appeared to be the size of an adult male’s foot in diameter as captured by the replay cameras, and the depth reached an adult male’s elbow as a club official stuck his hand into the sinkhole to check it out.
In another incident, Suwon FC Shinsegae was hit in the face by Chun Sung-hoon’s elbow while contesting an aerial ball in first-half stoppage time, and left the field with significant bleeding near his right eye.
The match between Jeonbuk and Daejeon Hana Citizen at Jeonju World Cup Stadium ended in a 1-1 draw.
In the 33rd minute, Daejeon’s Kim In-gyun sent a ground ball cross from the left flank that Jeonbuk goalkeeper Kim Jung-hoon failed to clear, allowing Thiago to slide the ball home with his right foot to make it 1-0.
The goal was Thiago’s 13th of the season, extending his lead over the second-place scorer to two goals.
Jeonbuk equalized four minutes later through Song Min-kyu.
Jeonbuk remains in third place with 12 wins, six draws and 10 losses and 42 points, while Daejeon is seventh with nine wins, 10 draws and nine losses (37 points). 파워볼