Ulsan return to summit
Ulsan Horang-I moved back to the top of the K-League today with a 2-0 win at basement side Suwon Bluewings. Ulsan's Paraguayan striker Jose Ortigoza took advantage of some slack Suwon defending to bundle the ball into the net from close range after 15 minutes.
Midway through the second half Oh Jang-eun sealed the win with a shot from the edge of the area as Ulsan moved two points clear of Jeju United, who have a game in hand. Suwon have now suffered seven defeats in their last eight matches ahead of Tuesday's meeting with Chinese champions Beijing Guoan in the last 16 of the Asian AFC Champions League.
Defending continental champions Pohang Steelers warmed up for Wednesday's last-16 encounter in Japan against Kashima Antlers by slumping to a 5-2 home defeat at the hands of Jeju United, who recorded a fourth consecutive win.
Jeju, who lost 8-1 at home to Pohang last season, quickly took control of the game and opened the scoring after 14 minutes as Lee Sang-hyub was freed by Brazilian defender Santos and fired home in confident fashion from just inside the area
Five minutes later Ku Ja-cheol doubled the lead from close range before Koh Ki-goo headed Pohang back into contention on the stroke of half-time.
Kim Eun-jung restored Jeju's two goal advantage with 16 minutes remaining and after Jung Seok-min gave Pohang hope with five minutes remaining, Santos and a second from Ku Ja-cheol sealed a handsome win for second-placed Jeju.
"This is payback for the 8-1 loss last year. It is more important though that we have won four consecutive games. We are playing well at the moment and we aim to maintain that in the future." said Jeju coach Park Kyung-hoon.
Finally, ahead of facing Japan's Gamba Osaka in the AFC Champions League on Tuesday, Brazilian midfielder Fabrizio scored twice and contributed an assist as Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma thrashed Chunnam Dragons 4-0.
Fabrizio crossed for Montenegrin Dzenan Radoncic to head home the opener after 34 minutes before getting his name on the scoresheet nine minutes after the break as the Brazilian headed Mauricio Molina's free-kick into the Chunnam net. Kim Cheol-ho added a third with five minutes remaining before Fabrizio sealed the win in stoppage time.