K League 1 Recap: An old eagle can still be a better than a young crow

written by Jeong-ho Seo

K League 1’s first mid-week round took place on April 11. After such a short break, former title holders did well.

Gangwon FC and Suwon Samsung saw a so-called ‘Pele Score.’ Pele Score is used to describe a match that results in 3-2, originated by Pele’s remark, “winning by one goal, especially 3 to 2, is the ideal score in football.”

Pele score itself is fun for fans; if the last goal came in during the stoppage time, it would be even more fun. Gangwon and Suwon’s match was among them.

Both teams played an offense-oriented match. Gangwon’s Kang Ji-hoon scored the opener as well as the first goal in his career on 25 minutes.

Suwon did not let Gangwon take three points away. Kim Kun-hee found the net with his header from Cristovam’s cross right before the first half ended. It was the first goal since June 2016.

Not long after the second half started, Gangwon earned a freekick. Uros Deric did not miss a chance as Suwon’s defenders failed to clear the ball from Oh Beom-seok’s shot. Suwon again evened the score as Kim Kun-hee caused Dylan McGowan’s own goal. It was the fourth goal that came in on 53 minutes, and the third goal within ten minutes.

In 91st minute, Waguininho earned a free kick near the box. ‘The left-footed magician’ Yeom Ki-hoon again saved the team as the ball found the back of the net.

Suwon could go into a deeper slump followed by a rather listless draw at Super Match. However, this result, with a Pele score, fantastic performance by a newbie and a foreign player and a dramatic winning goal, can change help the atmosphere.

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