K League Classic: Round 18 Round-Up

All 14 K League Classic teams played on Saturday, which saw a new league leader emerge. Who was it and how did it happen? More after the jump.

Chunnam Dragons 1 FC Seoul 2

Chunnam took the lead through Jeon Hyeon-Chul, but two late strikes for Seoul, by Kim Jin-Kyu (86′) and Kim Joo-Young (90′) saw all three points go to the capital club. For the first time in a long time (since round 1), FC Seoul moved into the top half of the table.

Busan IPark 1 Jeonbuk Motors 2

Another club on the rise, is Jeonbuk, who have now won 3 of 4 since the return of Choi Kang-Hee. Things looked good for Busan who scored in the 3rd minute through Fagner. But, goals from Lee Dong-Gook and recent transfer rumor, Leonardo, settled the matter.

Gangwon FC 1 Gyeongnam FC 1

A rather stale battle at the bottom. A late goal from Bosancic ensured that Gyeongnam stays out of the bottom 3 for another week, and that Gangwon stays there.

Jeju United 1 Suwon Samsung 2

In a slight upset (due to form), Suwon managed to win on their trip to Seogwipo. Jeju took a very early lead with a Maranhao goal. But in the trend this week, goals from Radoncic and Cho Young-Tae took the points to Suwon.

Seongnam Ilhwa 2 Pohang Steelers 2

Pohang took a two goal lead into the break, but two second half strikes by Kim Dong-Sub and Lee Jong-Won saw the points shared. It also saw another match were Pohang has dropped points, which raises the question further whether they have the depth to make a sustained title run, particularly when considering the last third of the season will be against all top half teams.

Incheon United 2 Daegu FC 1

More woes for Daegu who failed to pick up any points on their trip north. Incheon went ahead just before the half, but Daegu leveled shortly after the re-start. A penalty, converted by Diogo, saw the three points stay at home.

Ulsan Hyundai 2 Daejeon Citizens 0

Daejeon remains firmly rooted to the floor, as UIsan comfortably picked up three points and moved to the top of the table for the first time this season. Choi Bo-Kyung and Kim Shin-Wook both scored for the new league leaders.

The table so far (courtesy of soccerway.com)

Team MP W D L F A D P Last 5 matches
1 Previous rank: 2 Ulsan 18 10 4 4 32 19 +13 34 WDWWL
2 Previous rank: 1 Pohang Steelers 18 9 6 3 31 20 +11 33 DLWLW
3 Incheon United 17 8 6 3 26 18 +8 30 WDWLW
4 Previous rank: 7 Jeonbuk Motors 18 9 3 6 35 28 +7 30 WWLWL
5 Previous rank: 4 Suwon Bluewings 18 9 3 6 27 21 +6 30 WDWLW
6 Jeju United 17 7 6 4 30 22 +8 27 LWDLD
7 Previous rank: 9 Seoul 18 7 5 6 32 25 +7 26 WWLLW
8 Previous rank: 5 Seongnam 18 7 5 6 24 23 +1 26 DLWDW
9 Previous rank: 8 Busan I’Park 18 6 7 5 21 19 +2 25 LDDWL
10 Chunnam Dragons 18 4 8 6 17 21 -4 20 LDLWD
11 Gyeongnam 18 3 8 7 23 28 -5 17 DLLLW
12 Gangwon 18 2 9 7 15 28 -13 15 DDDWD
13 Daegu 18 2 6 10 18 33 -15 12 LDWLW
14 Daejeon Citizen 18 1 6 11 13 39 -26 9 LDLLL
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