Suwon Samsung’s Lee Jong-sung, who wore the captain’s armband in place of the injured Kim Bo-kyung in a ‘cliffhanger’ match, shed tears of emotion after the final whistle blew.
“I think it was through the players and the idea of putting everything into one game as if it was our last,” he said after the 1-0 victory over FC Seoul in their Super Match rivalry in the 37th round (Final B) of the Hana OneQ K League 1 2023 at Seoul World Cup Stadium on Friday. “There was no place to back down, so we prepared to give it our all in every aspect,” he said.
Suwon, which was last (12th) with 29 points, was one point behind 11th-ranked Gangwon FC, which played at the same time. If Gangwon won three points and Seoul lost, they would finish last and be relegated to the second division, regardless of the outcome of the final game.
It was Suwon who emerged victorious in a supermatch that came down to bench clearing. Basani’s left-footed mid-range shot in the 18th minute of the second half was enough to defeat Seoul. The key to the victory was the midfield battle that acting coach Yi Ki-hoon and the Suwon players had prepared. Against a Seoul side that boasts a technical midfield of Ki Sung-yong, Palocevic, and Han Seung-gyu, controlling the ball with intense pressure and sometimes rough tackling was key. Lee Jong-sung was at the center of it all, with six interceptions, three clears, two blocks, and seven wins, playing alongside Ko Seung-bum in the middle of the park and playing a key role in the transition to attack. Bassani’s goal also came from his dribble after winning the ball in the center of the field.
Seoul more than doubled Suwon’s (313) passes on the day (655), but had zero shots on goal. Suwon made five. Seoul also had only nine interceptions compared to Suwon’s 25. Suwon’s strategy worked.
At the same time, Gangwon performed a tearful ceremony. The protagonist was native striker Lee Jung-hyeop. He scored the game-winning goal in the 19th minute of their home match against Suwon FC to give his team a 2-0 victory.토토사이트
Lee received a call that morning that his father-in-law had passed away. After battling pancreatic cancer for nearly a year, the news of his father-in-law’s passing caused him a great deal of pain, but he put his grief aside and focused on the game, scoring a valuable goal. Immediately after scoring, he fell to his knees and broke down.
In this way, the tearful battle for survival eventually went to the end. While Gangwon is in 10th place with 33 points, Suwon FC and Suwon are tied for 11th and 12th place with 32 points, but are eight goals apart on goal difference.
The final game of the season on March 2 will determine the last place in the table, which is equivalent to direct relegation. Suwon will host ninth-place Jeju United (40 points), who have secured their place in the top flight, while Suwon and Gangwon will face off at Suwon World Cup Stadium.