11 December 2023

Suwon FC stays alive in K League 1 drama… Busan falls short in last-minute win

By pestfood.com

An intense professional soccer relegation battle has come to an end with the retention of the “big brothers” in the K League 1 (1st Division).

Suwon FC, which finished 11th in the K League 1 this season, dramatically clinched its retention in the second leg of the promotion playoffs (PO) against K League 2 (2nd Division) runner-up Busan I-Park at Suwon Sports Complex on Monday. Suwon, which won promotion in 2020, will play in the K League 1 for the fourth consecutive year. On the other hand, Busan, which was looking to return to the K League 1 after a four-year absence, had to swallow hard at the last minute.

Before the game, the mood was tilted in Busan’s favor. Suwon had lost the first leg of the promotion PO on June 6, 1-0. Pushed to the brink, Suwon led 2-1 until the 90th minute of regular time in the second leg, and succeeded in balancing the total score of the first leg 3-3.

The game was decided in overtime, where Suwon scored three goals through Lee Kwang-hyuk, Jung Jae-yong, and Lopez. Busan scored a late consolation goal from Kim Jung-hwan, but Suwon’s will to survive was too much to overcome. With a final score of 6-4, Suwon won the match and secured their place in the playoffs.

“We were able to win thanks to the fight of the players,” said Suwon head coach Kim Do-gyun, “We will look back on this year’s bad points and make improvements.”

Gangwon FC, ranked 10th in K League 1, also managed to stay up after fending off a challenge from Gimpo FC, ranked third in K League 2. Gangwon won 2-1 in the second leg of the promotion PO against Gimpo, led by a multi-goal performance from Gabriel. The two teams had played to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of the promotion PO. 무지개토토 주소

Gangwon will remain in the K League 1 for the eighth consecutive season since 2017. Gimpo, which had dreams of joining the top flight, fell just short of promotion. Gimpo, who joined the K League 2 after winning the K3 League in 2021, finished eighth last year and surged to third this year, reaching the promotion point.

The retention of Suwon and Gangwon means that only one new team will join the K League 1 next year. Earlier, Gimcheon Commerce won the K League 2 title to earn automatic promotion. Suwon Samsung, who finished last in the K League 1, was relegated to the second division.