Pohang tops Chunnam, leads over Jeonbuk

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Pohang tops Chunnam, leads over Jeonbuk

The Pohang Steelers came from behind to beat the Chunnam Dragons 3-2 in their away K-League Classic match on Sunday, as Hwang Sun-hong’s squad all but sealed its first-place finish at the season’s halfway point with a seven-game undefeated streak.

The league-leading team is now five points clear of the runner-up Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors with only two more rounds to go before the top flight separates into a split system.

The winner at Gwangyang Stadium came courtesy of Shin Young-jun after Hwang Jin-sung struck two equalizers, offsetting the hosts’ goals, both by Brazilian forward Wesley.

Shin netted a right-footer a minute before entering the stoppage time, his first goal of the season, adding three points to the Steelers, who won five times in seven recent games. The Motors have 44 points.

Natanael De Souza Santos Junior and Lee Yong-rae netted at Daegu on Sunday, helping the Suwon Samsung Bluewings to a 2-0 win.

Elsewhere on Sunday, FC Seoul’s winning streak stopped at seven as the capital team was held to a scoreless draw by Gyeongnam FC. The defending champ trails third-place Ulsan Hyundai only on goal difference at 42 points.

The split system, which will kick off its second-year campaign after the 26th round on Sunday, will pit the top seven teams against each other, while the bottom seven teams will vie to avoid two-team relegation at the end of the season.

The Motors thrashed Jeju United 3-0 on Saturday as the 2012 runners-up continued the momentum built by the comeback of former national team coach Choi Kang-hee. Choi has led the team to seven victories and two draws against a loss in 10 games since his return on June 31.

The Busan I’Park are in seventh place with 37 points, and the Seongnam Chunma and Jeju United are trailing with 34 points and 33 points, respectively.

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