Seongnam climb into top ten
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AFC Champions League holders Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma moved into the top ten of the K-League today with a 2-0 win at second-bottom Daejeon Citizen.

Seongnam have recovered from a poor opening half of the season to slowly climb up the rankings, with a fifth win in their last eight outings thanks to two goals in the space of three first-half minutes.

Hong Chul fired home a free-kick with 11 minutes on the clock and, soon after, Heverton Santos made it two, heading home a Park Jin-Ho cross.

We got ahead in the first half and were comfortable in the second. It was a good performance from us.
Shin Tae-Yong, Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma coach

"I told Hong Chul that he should start scoring for the national team," said Seongnam coach Shin Tae-Yong. "We got ahead in the first half and were comfortable in the second. It was a good performance from us."

Daejeon's coach Yoo Sang-Chul is already looking ahead to 2012 after seeing his struggling side slump to their 14th defeat in 27 matches this season. "We have three games left and we will use them to get ready for next season," said the 2002 FIFA World Cup™ star.

In the day's other game, bottom club Gangwon FC put a dent in the play-off ambitions of Chunnam Dragons with a last-minute equaliser to earn a 1-1 draw. Chunnam's Brazilian striker Wesley opened the scoring just before the break only for Oh Jae-Seok to earn a point for the hosts deep into stoppage time.