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FC Seoul keep a clean sheet against Jeju United
By gsadmin Date 2017/04/13 Views 887
On April 8, FC Seoul pulled off a scoreless draw with Jeju United, boasting watertight defense against the visitors and putting their records for the first five rounds of the regular season at two wins, two draws, and one defeat.  

Seoul adopted a 3-4-3 formation for the day. Goalkeeper Yoo Hyun took the helm of defense along with three defenders – Osmar Ibanez, Hwang Hyun-soo, and Kim Dong-woo with wingbacks Kim Chi-woo and Go Yo-han making the starters’ list on each side. In the middle, newbie Hwang Ki-wook partnered up with Ju Se-jong, with Yun Il-lok, Dejan Damjanovic, and Park Chu-young spearheading the efforts to find the net on the front line. 

The first minutes of the game were filled with tension. The three-back defense line bolstered Seoul’s core, and competition remained tight over the midfield as well. Both teams fought hard to get a defining chance. Halfway through the first regulation time, Seoul’s forwards boasted promising plays. In the 25th minute, a series of pinpoint crosses were whipped in from the sides. While it was an inch away from the head of the forwards to lead to a header, the runs-up to the attempt were reassuring enough. 

In the 41st minute, Dejan gave an accurate pass to Park Chu-young, who was dashing into the backside of the defense. Facing the goalkeeper one-on-one, Park used his left foot to have a go, but the ball flew head-on to the goalie. The first half was closed without any scoring. Hwang Hyun-soo, who played the second game in his professional career, proved himself to be a reliable defender. 

Seoul continued to mount proactive attacks into the latter half of the game. It seemed as if Seoul had found an opener when Dejan collected the ball from a systematic pass play to strike a powerful shot, which bounced off the wall of defenders. The momentum of the first half further ran into the second half. Seoul earned a free kick chance right in front of the penalty box, and kicker Park Chu-young made a bold effort to make a difference, but it hit the defensive wall again. 

In the 29th minute, Mauro was substituted for Kim Chi-wo to inject vitality into Seoul’s offense. Mauro assumed the left wing forward position that belonged to Yun Il-lok, who in turn filled the position left by Kim Chi-woo. In the 38th minute, Mauro delivered a good corner kick for Kim Dong-woo to have a stab with an ambitious header, but the ball missed the target slightly, grazing past the right side of the goalposts. 

Later on, Seoul introduced two replacements, Jo Chan-ho and Shim Woo-yeon, in place of Park Chu-young and Dejan Damjanovic to further the effort to net an opener. Making an obsessive effort in the left side, Mauro managed to peel off a defender and crossed the ball towards a galloping Go Yo-han, who struck the ball only to find it hitting the side net. Despite the ceaseless efforts to find the net, the final whistle was blown to signal the end of the long-drawn battle.  

There was much more to what may merely look like a scoreless tie today. Throughout the 90 minutes, Seoul overwhelmed the opponents and proved to be in elite form. It was all the more promising as Seoul managed to get a clean sheet against Jeju United, who led the league and scored in every match earlier this season. FC Seoul are flying to Australia to prepare for the fourth preliminary round match for the 2017 AFC Champions League. The Seoul club will do its best to subdue the opponents of the upcoming game, the Western Sydney Wanderers.
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