On April 2, FC Seoul were defeated by Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 0-1 on Round 4 of the 2017 K League Classic. Encouraging was the fact that the Seoulites remained motivated to the very end of the game despite the imminent loss.
FC Seoul employed a 3-4-3 formation. Goalkeeper Yoo Hyun guarded the goalposts with Osmar Barba, Kim Dong-woo, and Hwang Hyun-soo forming the defense. On each side stood Kim Chi-woo and Go Yo-han while the center was manned by Lee Seok-hyun and Ju Se-jong. Center forward Park Chu-young led the offense with Yun Il-lok and Lee Sang-ho backing him up from behind.
The opponents pushed hard, and Seoul spent the early minutes of the game fending off their challenges. It was a corner kick in the 12th minute that initiated Seoul’s attack where Kim Dong-woo made a header, the first shot on target for FC Seoul. Halfway through the first half, the hosts began to fight back, but Seoul proved to be quite impregnable with defender Hwang Hyun-soo at the center of Seoul’s effort to prevent conceding an opener first.
Unfortunately, Seoul eventually allowed a goal in the 39th minute of the first half in a free kick. Seoul recovered quickly and proactively mounted attacks to equalize the game. Right after the opener, Yun Il-lok unleashed a powerful shot with his left foot, but it flew over the upper bar. During the last minutes of the first half, Lee Seok-hyun and Ju Se-jong alternately had a go, but they fell short of reaching the target.
Upon the start of the latter half, Seoul changed tactics by replacing Lee Sang-ho with Dejan Damjanovic. Dejan showed off great chemistry with Park Chu-young on top. In the 5th minute, Dejan made a bold effort near the penalty box, proving to be in agile form.
A minute later, Ju Se-jong threaded a way through Jeonbuk’s dense defense to strike a shot, but the goalkeeper managed to save it. Seoul sought to find an equalizer with Yun Il-lok, Go Yo-han, and Ju Se-jong firing shots one after another. Dejan too played his part, blazing paths to find the net and stirring defense constantly on the forefront of the attacks.
However, the goalposts remained shut tight throughout the second half. Seoul spurred the attacks by substituting Hwang Ki-wook and Jung In-hwan in the 34th and 40th minutes, respectively, but the game was closed soon without the much-awaited equalizer.
Despite Seoul’s remarkable tenacity, the goddess of victory turned her back on them. Coming back to Seoul, they will host the fifth round of regular season matches against Jeju United on April 8 (Sat). Seoul will do their best to rekindle the momentum by subduing Jeju at home.