Suwon beats Jeonbuk as teams set scoring mark

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Suwon beats Jeonbuk as teams set scoring mark

Dzenan Radoncic of the Suwon Bluewings and Lee Dong-gook and Kevin Oris of the Jeonbuk Motors each netted twice during the season’s highest-scoring match of the K-League classic at Suwon World Cup Stadium on Wednesday. The Bluewings laughed last, with a 5-4 victory that snapped an eight-year winless streak at home against the Motors.

Suwon entered the game with five losses and five draws against Jeonbuk at Suwon World Cup Stadium since June 2005.

Macedonian forward Pnctnk Ristik Tebnlia Stevica, or simply Stevo, put the hosts ahead with a 4th-minute header, only to be leveled a minute later with a header from Belgian Kevin Oris. In the 32nd minute, the Motors scored on Lee’s volley shot, his seventh goal of the season.

Suwon was quick to respond and Hong Chul drew level, 2-2, in the 34th on a free kick, which was the fourth-year defender’s first goal of the season, before Oris put the visitors ahead again with a 36th-minute goal, his fifth of the season.

Then, Radoncic came to the rescue for Suwon. Put in after halftime as a substitute, the 1.92-meter-tall (6 feet, 3 inches) player fired home a pass fed by Hong in the 63rd minute to make it 3-3. The 29-year-old forward gave the Bluewings a lead in the 78th, slotting home midfielder Seo Jung-jin’s shot after it deflected off the post. Lee Jong-min made it 5-3 with a 90th-minute mid-range shot. Lee Dong-gook scored again in the dying minutes, but had to be satisfied with cutting the deficit.

With the victory, Suwon and Jeonbuk switched places on the table. Suwon rose from seventh place to fifth place with 23 points.

Meanwhile, in Incheon, Kim Dong-sub struck twice and the Seongnam Chunma downed Incheon United, 4-1, snapping Incheon’s winning streak at three. It was the third straight victory for Seongnam.

Kim opened the scoring for the visitors five minutes into the game with his fourth goal of the season, before Incheon leveled in the 28th minute as Nam Jun-jae connected on a Lee Seok-hyun cross.

Seongnam charged ahead again on Kim’s second goal in the 50th, then Kim Chul-ho made it 3-1 in the 58th. Lee Seung-yeoul sealed the victory with a 74th-minute goal.

The two games on Wednesday, which wrapped up the sporadic 14th round of the 2013 season, set a league record for the most goals scored per round. The first 14th-round match, between the Jeju United and the Pohang Steelers, was pushed ahead to June 1 due to reconstruction work at Jeju World Cup Stadium and ended in a 3-2 victory for Pohang.

The four other 14th-round games, played last Sunday, produced 15 goals, including Daegu FC’s 5-3 victory over the Ulsan Hyundai and Gyeongnam FC’s 6-0 rout of the Daejeon Citizen.

In seven 14th-round games, 34 goals were scored, compared to the previous K-League record for most goals in a day, 32, set during eight games in the 17th round in 2011.

The Steelers are leading the league with 29 points, and only four points separate the next eight teams.


By MOON GWANG-LIP [joe@joongang.co.kr]
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