Jeonbuk jump to summit
Jeonbuk Motors returned to the top of the K-League today with a comfortable 1-0 win over bottom-club Gangwon FC.
Coach Choi Kang-Hee rested a number of players ahead of Tuesday's AFC Champions League clash with Tianjin Teda of China PR, but the 2006 continental champions took the points despite a below-par display.
Croatian striker Krunoslav Lovrek scored the goal midway through the first half in wet conditions, receiving a pass from Park Won-Jae on the left and stabbing home after his first attempt came back off a defender.
"We had lots of chances to get the second goal in the first half," said coach Choi after the game. "We failed to do so and made things difficult for ourselves." Pohang Steelers can recapture top spot with a win tomorrow.
FC Seoul suffered the worst possible preparation for their date at home to Kashima Antlers as they crashed to a shock 2-0 defeat at home to Daegu FC. Lee Sang-Deok headed home a corner on the stroke of half-time and Ahn Seong-Min sealed the win midway through the second half.
Suwon Bluewings also face Japanese opposition in the AFC Champions League, hosting Nagoya Grampus, and also lost at home - 2-1 to an in-form Busan I'Park.
Suwon have been struggling of late and fell behind to a 12th-minute strike from Lee Jung-Hyo but a headed own goal from Kim Han-Yun after 64 minutes put the hosts level. With two minutes remaining, however, Yang Dong-Hyun gave Busan the three points.
Elsewhere, Chunnam Dragons won 1-0 at Jeju United thanks to a goal just after the hour from Ji Dong-Won, while Sangju Sangmu won 1-0 at Gyeongnam FC thanks to a Kim In-Han own goal with ten minutes remaining.