Pohang stays undefeated against Busan; Suwon loses to Ulsan

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Pohang stays undefeated against Busan; Suwon loses to Ulsan

Cho Chan-ho set up an equalizer and scored another as the league-leading Pohang Steelers extended their undefeated streak in a 2-2 draw against Busan I’Park in a K-League Classic match on Saturday.

The Suwon Bluewings fell short of narrowing the gap with the leader with a 1-0 loss to Ulsan Hyundai.

At the Busan Asiad Main Stadium, Busan charged ahead first in the 13th minute as Lim Sang-hyub collected a block by Pohang goalie Kim Da-sol and sent it into the net. Pohang answered when Lee Myung-joo connected a Cho cross into a right-footer in the 53rd. Jose Fagner Silva Da Luz gave Busan another lead with his free kick shot in the 73rd, but the 25-year-old Pohang forward found a chance to level six minutes later after receiving a Shin Jin-ho cross.

Pohang had six wins and five draws this year. Combining last season’s record, Pohang has not lost in 19-straight league games since Oct. 28 of last year. With two more undefeated games, it will tie Busan I’Park and Chunnam Dragons with the longest undefeated streak in league history.

“I hope the players will not feel pressured about the record,” Pohang coach Hwang Sung-hong said after Saturday’s match, according to the team’s Web site. But the coach obviously had the record in his mind, saying that he would seek to win all three games before an international match break in June.

At Ulsan Munsu Stadium, Chikashi Masuda scored in the 19th minute for the home team and Ulsan kept the lead throughout the game. Suwon was four points behind the Steelers. Ulsan is in fourth place.

Jun Hyun-chul scored a late-minute equalizer as the Chunnam Dragons held the Jeonbuk Motors to a 2-2 tie in a Jeolla rivalry held at Gwangyang Stadium on Saturday. The Dragons extended their undefeated run to seven games. Jeonbuk striker Lee Dong-gook extended his season tally to four in the 17th minute, but Lee Jong-ho answered back with a 35th minute goal. The Motors once again snatched the lead with a 76th-minute goal by Seo Sang-min.

Ha Dae-sung scored the winner in stoppage time against the Daejeon Citizen as FC Seoul bagged its third victory of the season. Seoul’s lead with a 53rd-minute goal by Kim Ju-young was offset by Lee Woong-hee in the 70th minute. Seoul, which had fallen to 12th place, is now in eighth place.

Yesterday, Gangwon FC ended a winless streak in its 11th match of the season with a 2-1 win over the Seongnam Chunma, leaving Daegu FC the only winless team this season. Daegu lost 3-1 to the Gyeongnam FC yesterday.

Jeju United leapfrogged the Suwon Bluewings into second place after it held Incheon United to a scoreless draw in Incheon yesterday. With their 19th point, Jeju led Suwon in goal difference.

It was Incheon’s fourth straight undefeated stretch, which helped the airport city improve by one notch to sixth place.

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

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