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Ulsan Hyundai defender Choi Bo-kyung, left, and Daejeon Citizen forward Lee Dong-hyun vie for the ball during a K-League Classic game at Daejeon World Cup Stadium in Daejeon on Wednesday.[NEWSIS]

Busan I’Park midfielder Park Jong-woo credited a 2-1 victory against the Suwon Bluewings on Wednesday to his coach, Yoon Sung-hyo, saying the players became one to take revenge for him.

Busan rallied from behind to beat a 10-man Bluewings’ team at a K-League Classic match in Busan Asiad Main Stadium, snapping a four-game winless streak against Suwon. Suwon forward Kim Dae-kyung gave the visitors the lead in the fourth minute, but Busan midfielder Lim Sang-hyub tied it in the 11th and defender Jang Hak-young scored the winner for the host in the 79th.

It was the first match between the two clubs since Yoon took Busan’s reins in December. Yoon was sacked by Suwon earlier that month after leading the Bluewings for three years.

“The coach did not mention it obviously, but he seemed to want it,” Park told reporters, referring to Yoon, who was prevented from being on the pitch due to a foul that he received in Busan’s previous league match against Ulsan Hyundai. “We, players, all knew it.”

It’s the second winless game for Suwon after it secured a point from a 1-1 draw with FC Seoul on Sunday, thanks to a late equalizer by substitute Dzenan Radoncic.

Suwon midfielder Oh Jang-eun was fouled out in the 35th minute in the Busan match, making it the third straight match Suwon played with one man down.

“We are playing a tough game,” Suwon coach Seo Jung-won said. Suwon, which would have stayed atop the league with a victory against Busan, was in fourth place. Suwon, one of four K-League clubs in the Asian Football Confederation Champions League, is on the verge of a first-stage knock-out from the Asian league after failing to win in the first four games. “The players seem to be feeling pressure physically,” Seo said.

FC Seoul, another ACL participant, is struggling much more. It lost, 2-1, to the Seongnam Chunma on Wednesday, extending its K-League record opening winless streak for a defending champion to seven games. It’s in 12th place in the 14-team league.

At Tancheon Sports Complex in Seongnam, Kim Dong-sub, a 24-year-old striker, gave the hosts a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute before Seoul defender Kim Chi-woo pulled back with his free kick that bounced off the crossbar and into the net in the 34th. Kim Dong-sub scored another goal in the 53rd, his third goal in the past two games.

“How ironic life is,” said FC Seoul coach Choi Yong-soo, who received the 2012 Coach of the Year award for coaching Seoul to the best record in K-League history. Seoul hoarded 96 points last season, losing only six of 44 games. This year, Seoul has secured only four points.

“The players are under pressure as the defending champ,” Choi said.

Elsewhere on Wednesday, Ulsan Hyundai sank the Daejeon Citizen, 3-0, jumping into second place. Hyundai remained undefeated in five games. Chikashi Masuda, Han Sang-wun and Kim Shin-wook scored for Ulsan.

The Jeonbuk Motors beat Daegu FC 2-0 at home thanks to Enio Oliveira Junior, who scored in the 59th minute after setting up a goal by Leonardo Rodrigues Pereira in the 37th minute. Junior has scored in three straight games, helping the Motors to third place.

The Pohang Steelers remain atop the table with 15 points after beating Gangwon FC, 3-0, in an away match on Tuesday. Ko Mu-yeol put the visitors on the scoreboard in the 17th minute and Park Sung-ho and Moon Chang-jin extended the lead in the 73rd and 90th minutes. It was the first goal of the season for Moon, a 19-year-old midfielder who led Korea to a win in the Asian Football Confederation U-19 Championship in November.

By Moon Gwang-lip [joe@joongang.co.kr]
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