Steelers hit summit, Jeonbuk score six
Pohang Steelers jumped to the top of the K-League on today with a 3-1 win at Jeju United, the first league defeat the islanders have suffered at home since 2009.
The win takes the three-time AFC Champions League winners above Suwon Bluewings on goal difference.
Two goals from Hwang Jin-Sung did the damage. The midfielder opened the scoring after 12 minutes and Noh Byung-Joon increased Pohang's advantage on the half-hour.
Kim In-Ho reduced the arrears for the home team just after the break but Hwang sealed the win from the penalty spot with 17 minutes remaining.
"It's good to go top," said Pohang coach Hwang Sun-Hong. "There is still a long road ahead of us and we need to keep working hard."
The loss is Jeju's first of the season and the 2010 runners-up have the chance to bounce back quickly in midweek at Gamba Osaka in the AFC Champions League.
Jeonbuk Motors entertain Cerezo Osaka and warmed up in style by thrashing Gwangju FC 6-1. Five of the goals came before the break.
After goalkeeper Yeom Dong-Gyun saved an early Gwangju penalty, Kim Ji-Woong opened the floodgates after 17 minutes.
Kim Dong-Chan, Lee Sung-Hyun, Lee Dong-Gook and Huang Bowen went on to make it a first half to remember for Jeonbuk. Brunoslav Lovrek added a sixth late in the game and there was still time for a consolation.
Defending champions FC Seoul host Nagoya Grampus on Tuesday but had to settle for a 1-1 draw at home to Ulsan Horangi to maintain their indifferent start to the 2011 season.
Kwak Tae-Whi headed Ulsan ahead after 64 minutes. Substitute Ha Dae-Sung rescued a point for Seoul with six minutes remaining.
Elsewhere, Busan I'Park drew 2-2 with Daegu FC. Song Je-An put the visitors ahead after 22 minutes only for Han Sang-Yoon to equalise for Busan three minutes later.
Song Chang-Ho restored Daegu's lead with 20 minutes remaining but Yang Dong-Hyun rescued a point for the hosts from the spot five minutes later.
Daejeon Citizen and Sangju Sangmu drew 0-0.