After going eight games without a win in two months, professional soccer’s K League 1 Suwon FC broke out of its slump with a victory in the Suwon Derby.
Suwon FC won 2-0 against Suwon Samsung in the 25th round of the Hana OneQ K League 1 2023 at Suwon World Cup Stadium on May 5.
Suwon FC, which had gone eight games without a win (two draws and six losses) and was mired in a three-game losing streak, tasted victory for the first time in two months against Suwon Samsung on June 3. Suwon FC remained in 10th place in the league with 23 points from six wins, five draws and 14 losses. Suwon FC has won all three Suwon derbies against Suwon Samsung this year.
Eleventh-ranked Suwon Samseong, who were unbeaten in five matches, including two straight wins, suffered defeat. Suwon remained in 11th place with 18 points from four wins, six draws and 15 losses.
The visitors scored the first goal. In the 26th minute, Yoon Beetgaram sent in a sharp corner kick, and Lars rattled the net with an unguarded header. It was Rath’s ninth goal of the league.
Suwon Samseong, who had started to lose the home game, pushed for a goal with Brazilian striker Weric Popo making his debut after joining the club and midfield commander Kazuki, but no goals came.
Suwon FC scored a second goal in the third minute of first-half stoppage time to make it 2-0. Rath won the ball after a physical battle and sent it to Munjeon. After receiving a pass from Jung Dong-ho, Lee Seung-woo beat the defense with his feet and finished with his right foot. It was Lee’s fourth goal in the league. The first half ended with Suwon FC leading 2-0.
Down 0-2, Suwon Samsung head coach Kim Byung-soo brought on Gomyeol, Acosti, and Mulicic in the second half to try to catch up.
Suwon almost scored an additional goal. In the 26th minute, Lee Kwang-hyuk received a pass from Kim Sun-min and tried to shoot with his right foot, but the ball hit the goal post.
Suwon missed one scoring opportunity after another. In the 31st minute, Mulicic hit a right-footed volley from the edge of the box, but Suwon FC defender Hugo Gomes stretched out his leg to block it. In the 34th minute, Acosti had a header off a corner kick from Lee Ki-je, but the ball went wide of the goal. In the 37th minute, Gomyeol’s mid-range shot went just over the crossbar. In the fifth minute of stoppage time, Mulicic’s attempted turnover was saved by Suwon FC goalkeeper Park Bae-jong. The match ended with a 2-0 victory for Suwon FC.
Daegu FC-Ulsan Hyundai ended in a 0-0 draw at DGB Daegu Bank Park.
Daegu hasn’t won in four games. Still, Daegu moved up one spot from seventh to sixth in the league with eight wins, 10 draws, and seven losses for 25 points.
First-place Ulsan continued to lead the league with 18 W, 3 D, 4 L, and 57 points.
The visitors took the initiative in the first half and fired off several shots, but were unable to capitalize. The home team missed a crucial chance in the 25th minute of the second half. On a counterattack, Sejingya crossed the ball to Vassellus in the Ulsan box, giving him the perfect opportunity, but his shot from right in front of the goal hit the crossbar and went over.
Ulsan squandered a crucial chance in the final minutes of the match. In the first minute of second-half stoppage time, Lee Chung-yong broke up a pass inside the Daegu penalty box and dribbled past defenders before firing a left-footed shot. Daegu goalkeeper Oh Seung-hoon stretched out and pushed the ball away. The match ended in a 0-0 draw. 안전놀이터