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K-League wrap: Jeonbuk falls, stays first after Ulsan draw

K-League wrap

Gwangju FC - Felipe Silva @KLeagueUnited

Just three points separate first and seventh after another unpredictable week in South Korean soccer.

[ PREMIER LEAGUE: Remaining schedule ]

An early red card helped send Jeonbuk from the ranks of the unbeaten, but the leaders kept their spot atop the table when Gwangju frustrated Ulsan.

Gangwon 1-0 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors

A last-man back foul on Jeong-ho Hong in the 15th-minute put the visitors in a bad place, and Gangwon got all it needed to move into fifth when Mu-yeol Ko nabbed a goal in the 37th.

The goal was set-up by a nice cut and cross from Keyong-jung Kim, who sent Ko a terrific invitation for the match’s lone marker (2:17 of the video below).

Gwangju 1-1 Ulsan Hyundai

This, however, was the surprise result of the weekend.

The hosts entered with three losses to open the season and Ulsan would’ve known a table lead was within its grasp if it could collect all three points.

Ulsan dominated the match with 76 percent possession and a 20-9 advantage in shots, but was behind after a dozen minutes on Wong-sang Eom’s opener. Eom was calm when his clever pass to Felipe Silva ended up back on his path.

A dangerous cross that took a tricky turn for an own goal turned out to be Ulsan’s only route onto the scoreboard, and the 1-1 draw keeps them a point back of Jeonbuk.


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