Damjanovic inspires Seoul onslaught
FC Seoul scored three goals in eight first-half minutes to record a 3-1 win over Suwon Bluewings today and move up to second place in the K-League.
Montenegro international Dejan Damjanovic contributed all three assists as Seoul moved within a point of early pace-setters Ulsan Horang-I, who beat Gangwon FC 1-0 yesterday, after recording a fourth win in five games - although the capital side have a game in hand. Damjanovic set Ricardo Esteves free with a smart backheel after 24 minutes and the former Benfica midfielder drilled a low shot past Lee Woon-jae from the corner of the penalty area. Three minutes later Lee was left stranded outside his area as Damjanovic set up Jung Jo-gook to find the empty net.
And just after the half-hour mark, following more good work from Damjanovic, Choi Hyo-jin burst into the area and squeezed his shot under Lee. Suwon gave themselves a lifeline just seconds after the restart through Kang Min-soo's header, but Seoul held on to claim all three points in front of a 50,000 crowd.
"In those eight minutes we conceded three goals through our mistakes," said Suwon coach Cha Bum-kun, who saw his side qualify for the last 16 of the Asian Champions League in midweek. "Physically we felt some effects of our AFC Champions League games."
Unbeaten defending champions Jeonbuk Motors, who also advanced to the knock-out stage of the Asian Champions League in midweek, fought back from two down at home to beat Incheon United 3-2 to sit just two points off the pace, also with a game in hand.
Do Hwa-sung and Kang Su-il seemed to have put Incheon on course to end a run of three consecutive defeats after 32 minutes. But within just four minutes Jeonbuk were back on level terms through Kang Sung-cho and Lee Dong-gook. And with 15 minutes remaining former Pohang Steelers and Middlesbrough striker Lee added a second to secure all three points for Jeonbuk.
South Korea's third representative in the last 16 of the Asian Champions League, Seongnam Ilhwa, were held to a 1-1 draw at fifth-placed Jeju United as both sides maintained unbeaten starts to the new season. Kim Eun-jung put Jeju ahead after 15 minutes before a rare goal from Jang Hak-young earned sixth-placed Seongnam a third consecutive draw midway through the second half. Finally, Daegu FC recorded a 2-0 win at Busan I'Park.