The Jeonnam Dragons, who have climbed up to seventh place after a poor start to the season, test their chances of making the relegation playoffs when they travel to Busan.
Jeonnam held on to a goal from Go Tae-won in the ninth minute of the first half to earn three valuable points at home against Bucheon in the last round. With the win, Jeonnam, which has 34 points (10 wins, 4 draws, and 9 losses), created a foothold at the top of the table and extended its unbeaten run at home to nine games.
Speaking at the post-match press conference, Go Tae-won said, “It’s a victory because all the players didn’t give up in the heat. And I think my goal was set up by Seokhyun,” 현금홀덤사이트 he said, attributing the joy of scoring to his teammate. “Bringing Jeonnam back to the K League 1 is a big goal in my soccer life, and I will do my best to play any role to help us reach our goal,” he said after the victory.
The Jeonnam squad will now turn their attention to an away match against Busan I-Park on March 15.
Busan, led by Park Jin-seop, is in third place in the K League 2 with 41 points (11 wins, 8 draws and 4 losses). The team is one of the favorites to win the K League 2 title in the 23rd season after a storm of signings this summer, including Park Dong-jin, Min Sung-ki, Summer, Kim Jung-hwan, and Kang Sung-yoon.
Jeonnam, which has been on an upswing lately, is expected to have Hanam, Valdivia, and Choi Sung-jin in goal against Busan. In addition, Jeonnam is determined to take three points against Busan based on the harmonization of veterans Kim Soo-beom, Choi Ji-hoon, and Lee Seok-hyun with rookies Yu Ji-ha and Noh Gun-woo.
Preparing for the match against Busan, Lee said, “In August, we will play against the top teams in the league,” adding, “August will be the most important time for us in the 23rd season. We will do our best to get the three points against Busan,” he said.
The last 11 round-robin meetings between the two sides have been evenly matched, with a 1-1 draw. The last five head-to-head matches between the two teams are 1 win, 3 draws, and 1 loss, with Jeonnam having a slight advantage in the head-to-head record with 36 wins to Busan’s 28 wins and 21 draws.
Having gained a foothold in the top tier, it will be interesting to see how Jeonnam will fare against Busan.