On Round 36 of the 2018 KEB Hana Bank K League 1, FC Seoul secured their first win in 13 games, sinking the Jeonnam Dragons 3-2 at Seoul World Cup Stadium.
Manager Choi Yong-soo, also known as his nickname the “Eagle”, adopted a 3-5-2 formation for a change. GK Yang Han-been guarded the post, with Kim Won-gun, Kim Nam-choon, and Kim Dong-woo forming a three-back defense. Yun Suk-young and Yoon Jong-gyo stood on each wing position. The center was filled up with Sin Jin-ho, Hwang Ki-wook, and Ha Dae-sung. “One-club man” Go Yo-han and Yoon Ju-tae were placed on the forefront as two tops.
The hosts came quite close to conceding an opener first merely two minutes into the game. But GK Yang Han-been made a superb save to defuse the early minute crisis. And the crisis was immediately followed by a chance. Yoon Ju-tae collected a thorough pass from Go Yo-han in front of the box and found the net with calm execution in the eighth minute. Yoon returned Choi’s unwavering trust in him with precise finish. It meant a quite early lead for FC Seoul.
In the 14th minute, the game was turned around again. The ball found a way towards a Jeonnam player amid the chaos following a corner kick, which led to a smashing equalizer. The goalkeeper and defenders tried to block the ball to little avail. The game was back to square one. In the 27th minute, Yoon Ju-tae faced another fine chance. A defender fumbled his clearing, and the ball drifted towards Go Yo-han. Harnessing his wide vision, Go passed the ball to Yoon Ju-tae, who unleashed a precision shot towards the target, but his attempt was blocked by the goalie.
In the 32nd minute, a chance came up for Seoul to lead the game again. Yoon Ju-tae whipped in a cross from the left, which touched the hand of a defender. It was followed up by a VAR monitoring, and the referee announced a penalty kick for FC Seoul. The kick was designated to Yoon Ju-tae. Keeping his scoring instinct from the early opener, Yoon converted his spot kick with remarkable composure. After the second goal, Yoon ran to Manager Choi for celebration. The pendulum swung back to Seoul by 2-1. And the first half was closed with the hosts keeping a one-point lead.
The second half was kicked off without substitutions. Five minutes into the game, an equalizer was netted by the Dragons. A free kick spot in the left side proved to be fatal. The kick was precise and palatable for a shot, which zoomed inside the goalposts. The scale got even again at 2-2. In the 30th minute, Park Chu-young, who had just been substituted, found a promising chance soon enough. Breaking an off-side trap with finesse, the striker of FC Seoul collected a pass from Yoon Jong-gyu to have a one-on-one chance with the goalkeeper. The shot was accurate, but the goalie made an acrobatic effort to block it.
It was during the extra time that a godsend fell upon the hosts. Park Chu-young suffered a tough challenge inside the penalty box, and similar to the spot kick from the opener, a VAR check followed, which favored Seoul with yet another PK. Park, who earned the chance himself, rose to the occasion and found the net with calm execution, flipping the game again in Seoul’s favor.
It was the first win Seoul savored in 13 games. Now, they are four points apart from Incheon in the 11th place. Fans must be hoping that the rest of the two games will live up their expectations like the game today.