This mid-week was quite interesting. All four K League representatives in the Asian Champions League either won or draw (against some tough opponents too!) while Baek Seung Ho and Lee Seung Woo helped Barcelona fight back 3-1 after finding themselves behind early on. Video highlights and notable takeaways to follow:
The first ACL match was Jeonbuk Hyundai vs. FC Tokyo, where Jeonbuk won 2-1. Jeonbuk played very well and the goals were quite legit – but the real star here was Kim Bo Kyung. Where the hell had he gone? He was doing literally everything, from linking up passes, tackling, attacking… man.
Seoul v. Buriram closely followed the Jeonbuk match, and it was all too easy as they cruised 6-0, Adriano scoring 4 of them, almost all of which came from beating the offsides trap. It’s too sad my boys Lim Min Hyeok and Kim Jung Hwan weren’t even called up 🙁
Earlier today (for you EST folks), Suwon Samsung drew a very tough opponent in Gamba Osaka. I thought Gamba would win this one, but Suwon actually came out super dominant and from highlights at least, certainly outplayed Gamba. Both teams, interestingly enough, hit the post. I was very happy to hear that the opponent manager singled out Kwon Chang Hoon as having played very well. I was even more happy after reading that Kim Gun Hee left a very strong impression on his Suwon debut. Stielike was present – will we see the Suk – Hwang – Hwang – Gunny striking quartet called up for the meaningless qualification matches upcoming in March? (Aside: I hope Stielike calls up a K League XI for those matches)
The other game earlier today was Pohang Steelers. Now Pohang are a strong team but I was certain they’d lose today because their opponent was none other than Guangzhou Evergrande. But they managed to draw!
Meanwhile, Baek SH and Lee SW made their UEFA Youth League debuts and they played very well:
Who played better, you may ask? Comparing the two is difficult. Some say that LSW was better as he produced some eye catching fast runs and scored the 2-1 goal in the 90th minute, but it is true that he made some errors and lost the ball at times. Meanwhile, Baek also made some good dribbles – he’s not as fast or as flashy as Lee – but he was very calm and hardly put in a wrong foot. After all they are different players – you can’t really say who outperformed the other.