Lee Seung-woo (25-Suwon FC), who was unable to play in the second leg after being sent off in the first leg, ran onto the field to celebrate after the team’s retention was confirmed.
Suwon FC defeated Busan 5-2 in the second leg of the Hana OneQ K League 2023 Promotion Playoffs (PO) at Suwon Sports Complex at 2 p.m. on September 9. With a 5-4 aggregate score in the first and second legs, Suwon FC secured its place in the K League 1.토토사이트
As the end of the second leg approached, Lee walked toward the track outside the stadium. When the whistle blew, he sprinted onto the field. He hugged and cheered for his teammates, including captain Lee Young-jae (29).
Lee was not available for the game. In the first leg of the PO on June 6 at home against Busan, Lee was sent off for accumulating cautions. He came on as a substitute in the second half and led Suwon FC’s attack, but received his first yellow card for arguing with an opponent. At the end of the second half, he committed a foul inside the box, and the referee gave him a second caution along with a penalty kick. Suwon FC lost 1-2 and moved closer to relegation from the K League 2.
With the game on the line, Suwon FC faced a high-stakes match at home against Busan. The first half was even worse. They conceded an early goal to Busan’s Choi Jun (24). The total score was two goals.
The second half was a back-and-forth affair. In the 33rd minute, forward Kim Hyun (30) scored Suwon FC’s first goal of the day with a turning shot. Seven minutes later, Lee Young-jae found the right corner of the net with a sharp left-footed shot. The game went into overtime.
Suwon FC’s onslaught continued. In the 5th minute of extra time, Lee Kwang-hyuk (28) scored the first goal of the promotion PO. In the 11th minute, midfielder Jung Jae-yong (33) scored the fourth goal. Suwon FC head coach Kim Do-gyun (46), the coaching staff, and even the players on the bench went into a frenzy.
There was a moment of crisis. Busan pulled one back in the ninth minute of stoppage time on a header by Kim Jung-hwan (26), narrowing the gap to just one goal.
It was Lopez (33) who drove the wedge. Lopez scored Suwon FC’s fifth goal just as Busan was trying to keep the spark alive. After the goal, Lopez approached the Suwon FC crowd and made the “X” sign. It was basically a gesture that the game was over.
After the game, Lee ran onto the field and embraced head coach Kim Do-gyun Eunsa. He was even carried on the coach’s back. Since making his debut in the K League in 2022, Lee has been a key resource for Suwon FC under Kim Do-gyun. He was the team’s top scorer for two consecutive seasons and was considered one of the top offensive resources in the K League 1. This year, he has also been recognized for his versatility, playing both forward and midfield.
In the pre-match press conference, coach Kim Do-gyun spoke about Lee’s situation after the first leg. “He must have felt unspeakably sorry,” he said, “I told him to just rest after the game, but I didn’t talk to him. It must have been an experience he had to take to heart. I hope he will grow into a better player.”
After the second game, captain Lee Young-jae also embraced Seung-woo: “I jokingly told him, ‘I had a tough game because of you. Even though Seung-woo didn’t play, I think it was through the sincere support from outside,” he smiled.