‘Promoted team’ Daejeon Hana Citizens drew with Suwon FC thanks to Thiago’s golden equalizer and succeeded in remaining in K-League 1.스포츠토토
Daejeon drew 1-1 in the home game of the 34th round of the Hana One Q K League 1 2023 Final B against Suwon FC held at Daejeon World Cup Stadium on the 22nd.
8th place Daejeon (46 points), which added 1 point, widened the point gap with 10th place Suwon FC (32 points) to 14 with 4 games left until the end of the season, securing at least 9th place.
The lowest ranked team in K League 1 will be automatically relegated to K League 2 next season. The 11th-place team in K League 1 and the 2nd-place team in K League 2 will face each other in the promotion playoff (PO), and the 10th-place team in K League 1 will face the final winner of K League 2 PO to decide whether to remain in the first division.
Daejeon will play in K League 1 next year as well. On the other hand, Suwon FC’s gap with 9th place Jeju United (38 points), which defeated last place Suwon Samsung (25 points) on this day, widened to 6 points, making it a priority to accumulate points in the remaining games.
Daejeon, which could have confirmed its stay in the top division with just a draw, took the lead in the game with a header to Suwon FC’s Hyun Kim in the 32nd minute of the first half.
For Daejeon, who finished the first half scoreless, Thiago, who came on as a substitute in the 7th minute of the second half, came to the rescue. In the 16th minute of the second half, Thiago converted Kim In-gyun’s cross from the left side of the penalty area to his right foot in front of the goal area and scored the equalizer. It was a mistake by the defensive line that failed to properly block Kim In-gyun’s ordinary cross.
With his 15th goal of the season, Thiago tied for first place in scoring along with Joo Min-gyu (Ulsan, 15 goals). Daejeon saved Thiago’s equalizer until the end and won a draw, achieving their goal of remaining in the top division.
At Jeju World Cup Stadium, 9th place Jeju United defeated ‘last place’ Suwon Samsung 2-0 and gave the green light to ‘remain in the first division’. On the other hand, Suwon (25 points) failed to accumulate points, and the shadow of ‘relegation to the second division’ became even darker.
Jeju scored first with a promised set play in the 3rd minute of the first half. When Haines sent a right corner kick low toward the goal, Choi Young-jun slightly changed direction from the right side of the goal area and sent the ball toward the penalty arc, and Kim Geon-woong shook the goal net with a left-footed shot without delay.
Jeju replaced Kwak Seung-min with Yuri Jonatan in the 23rd minute of the first half, and this substitution led to an additional goal. In the 26th minute of the first half, Yuri Jonatan jumped up from the left side of the goal area and scored with a header when Lee Ki-hyuk crossed from the right side of the penalty area. Yuri Jonatan held a goal celebration 3 minutes after entering the field.
Suwon tried to open Jeju’s goal in the second half, but suffered a permanent defeat due to their chronic lack of finishing.
At Seoul World Cup Stadium, 7th place FC Seoul (50 points) won 2-1 over 11th place Gangwon FC (26 points). Gangwon, who failed to win for the fourth time in four games (2 draws, 2 losses) due to the loss on this day, remained in an uneasy 11th place, one point behind Suwon, the last place.
Seoul scored its first goal in the 7th minute of the second half. In the 6th minute of the second half, Ki Sung-yong won a free kick in front of the penalty arc, and Na Sang-ho’s right-footed shot as a kicker hit the defensive wall, deflected slightly, and went into the right side of Gangwon’s goal.
Seoul gave up an equalizer to Gabriel in the 31st minute of the second half during a counterattack by Gangwon, but in the 34th minute of the second half, ‘veteran striker’ Ji Dong-won scored a header and won the game. Ji Dong-won tasted a goal for the first time in two years and two months since scoring against Gwangju FC on August 8, 2021.