FC Seoul
Seoul drew with Jeju 0-0, with new joiners passing the test
By gsadmin Date 2018/03/09 Views 1092
FC Seoul set foot in the new season of 2018. The Seoulites flew to Jeju Island for a season opener and saw some of their new joiners including Kim Sung Joon, Jung Hyun Cheol, and Anderson, showing off promising performance today, further raising expectations on their new assets.  

Seoul adopted a 4-3-3 formation. GK Yang Han Been guarded the goalposts, with Lee Woong Hee and Hwang Hyun Soo defending the center. Shin Kwang Hoon and Sim Sang Min covered each side, with Sin Jin Ho, Kim Sung Joon, and Jung Hyun Cheol forming a triangle in the middle. In the front, Park Chu Young aimed at the goal in the center, with Anderson Lopes and Go Yo Han supporting him from each side.   

The visitors gained the upper hand of the game from the early minutes. They warmed up little by little, passing around the ball with great composure. Anderson, who newly joined FC Seoul this season, stirred the right side of the opposing side with robust movements. In the 18th minute, Kim Sung Joon passed the ball to Go Yo Han, who was dashing in, but a prolonged trapping cost him a chance to have a go.  

In the 23rd minute, the hosts mounted attacks both from a free kick and a corner, but the players including Park Chu Young engaged in the defense, neutralizing their offensives with ease. Even when deprived of the ball possession, the visitors dampened Jeju’s will to find the net by cutting off attacking routes with strong pressure. Five minutes later, Seoul had a chance to find an opener inside the penalty area, but the ball flew directly towards the goalkeeper. 

In the 39th minute, Anderson collided with a defender inside the penalty area, but the referee fell short of calling a penalty shot even after taking a VAR monitoring. During the extra time, Park Chu Young collected Sim Sang Min’s throw-in for a header, but the ball fell in the arms of the goalkeeper. 

Seoul’s dominance continued into the latter half of the game. In the 3rd minute, Lee Woong Hee made an acrobatic effort for defense and induced a yellow card from the opponent, who abused his elbow. In the 11th minute, Seoul earned a free kick. Kicker Park Chu Young unleashed a sharp free kick, but the goalkeeper managed to fend it off. 

In the 24th minute, Anderson collected a pass from Sin Jin Ho and fired a shot from the left side, but the ball bounced off a defender. Afterwards, Jeju mounted a barrage of attacks on the back of home advantage, but the visitors staved off the offensives. In the 30th minute of the second half, Yoon Seung Wn and Park Hee Seong were substituted each for Go Yo Han and Park Chu Young. A minute later, Anderson unleashed a strong shot from the center of the penalty arc, but the ball flew over the goal by a slight difference. 

In the 40th minute, Cho Young Wook was brought onto the pitch in place of Anderson. Three minutes later, Park Hee Seong collected a cross from the left to fire a strong header, but it did not lead to an opener either. FC Seoul continued to pommel the opponents in a bid to find the net, and right before the end of the game, Sin Jin Ho sent the ball curled into the far corner of the target, but Seoul’s last attempt at a goal was thwarted by a superb save by Jeju’s goalkeeper. Soon, the referee whistled the game over, signaling a scoreless draw for Seoul’s season opener. 

While it fell short of a win, the game was a chance to test some of the new joiners of Seoul, and they certainly passed their first test with reliable performance. Expectations are high that the cohort will improve over the future games through more chances to mingle with the old squad. The upcoming fixture for Seoul will be a home game opener against Gangwon F.C., which will take place on March 11.

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