Seoul defeated 1-2 to Jeonnam despite Cho’s debut goal
FC Seoul conceded two away goals to Jeonnam Dragons. Gearing up for their first consecutive wins this season, Seoul were defeated by Jeonnam 1-2 on Round 9 of the 2018 KEB Hana Bank K League 1, which was held at Gwangyang Football Stadium on April 25.
Seoul went for the 4-3-3 formation, a strategy that paid off handsomely in the previous match. GK Yang Han Been stood guard, with Sim Sang Min, Kim Won Gun, Kwak Tae Hwi, and Shin KwangHoon forming a four-back defense line. Go Yo Han and Hwang Ki Wook, who boasted great teamwork in the previous match, teamed up again in the third line, with Sin Jin Ho striking a balance in the forefront of the midfield. In the forward line, Cho Young Wook and Anderson were placed each on the left and the right side, with Evandro deployed in the center of the front to find the net.
Kicking off the game, the visitors made robust efforts to find the net from the early minutes of the game. In the first minute, Sim Sang Min cut off an attempt by the hosts before lobbing a long pass towards Cho Young Wook, who collected the ball and tried with his right foot, but the shot flew directly to the goalkeeper. In the fourth minute, Anderson cut into the right side before whipping in a cross, but it failed to translate into a shot on target. Seoul made a continued effort to tear down each side. In the sixth minute, Anderson made yet another penetration effort in the right side and delivered a pinpoint cross to Go Yo Han, who remained calm enough to pass it to the unmarked Cho Young Wook, and the 20-year-old netted an opener with his right foot. It was Cho’s debut goal in the K League.
Taking the lead, Seoul’s midfielders dominated ball possession with short passes. In the 19th minute, Go Yo Han and Sim Sang Min earned a free kick while trying to carve out a way into the left side with a delicate exchange of passes. A sharp free kick allowed, but the goalie punched it away. In a following corner kick, Evandro fired a strong header, which flew head-on to the goalkeeper. In the 22nd minute, Sim Sang Min and Cho Young Wook boasted a great team play. This time, Sim Sang Min collected a forward-flying pass from Cho Young Wook before trying a cross, but it was blocked by a defender. In the 31st minute, Cho Young Wook sent over a pinpoint cross towards Anderson, offering a chance for him, but his diving header missed the target to the left. In the 43rd minute, Macedo unleashed a threatening cross, but GK Yang Han Been caught the ball by an intuitive positioning. After fending it off, Seoul closed the first half with a one point lead.
Seoul made a systematic push against the opponents upon the start of the latter half. In particular, Seoul’s forwards and Sin Jin Ho made a strong push in the front, keeping the opponents tied to their side of the pitch. However, the visitors allowed an equalizer in the seventh minute. The scoring was made when the ball went loose for a moment, which found its way to an opponent waiting nearby. Seoul stepped up their effort to find the net again. In the ninth minute, the visitors brought in the fresh legs of Yoon Seung Won in place of Anderson. Unfortunately, Seoul allowed a cross from the left side, which was followed by one more goal by the opposing side in the 14th minute. In the 21st minute, Shin KwangHoon whipped in a cross, but the ball missed the head of Shin KwangHoon by a whisker.
In the 22nd minute, Seoul substituted Park Chu Young and made an all-out effort to turn the tide again. In the 25th minute, Sin Jin Ho’s accurate corner kick led to a header by Park Chu Young, but his attempt missed the target. In the 28th minute, a cross bounced back from the goal, and Kwak Tae Hwi pounced upon it to have a go from a distance, but it was blocked by the goalkeeper. Seoul’s attacks continued. A constant stream of fast crosses was sent over into the penalty box, with Park Chu Young, Evandro, and Yoon Seung Won trying high-point headers.
In the 31st minute, Seoul substituted Kova for Evandro, who showed off a great deal of activities. In the 36th minute, Kova crossed the ball to Park Chu Young, but it failed to lead to a shot. In the 40th minute of the latter half, Seoul beefed up the offense by sending Kwak Tae Hwi to the front. In the 45th minute, Yoon Seung Won’s high cross flew towards Kwak, but his attempt at a header was blocked by a defender. A sharp right-footed shot by Kova followed from the left side, but it was blocked by the goalkeeper. Seoul sought to find an equalizer throughout the extra time, but the game came to an end by 1-2.
Seoul had to suffer a reversal with their tenacity petering out into the late game. However, it is encouraging that rookie Cho Young Wook found his first goal in the league, following the positive performance from his previous match. For the next match, Seoul will come back home and host Sangju F.C. on April 28 for Round 10. It is imperative that Seoul win three points to join the leading group, and they are determined to turn the lessons of today into a victory.