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Choi Yong-soo’s Gangwon FC loses direct relegation due to draw against Seoul

Gangwon FC coach Choi Yong-soo encourages Kim Dae-won after falling during the match against FC Seoul in the 37th round of professional football Hanawon Q K League 1 held at Jamsil Olympic Stadium in Seoul on the 28th. News 1

Eagle coach Choi Yong-soo escaped from the crisis of direct relegation as he drew a draw in his first match after taking office at Gangwon FC. However, regardless of the result of the last 38 rounds, they played a promotion play-off (PO) with Daejeon Hana Citizen to determine the owner of the last place in the K League 1 (1st Division). Coach Choi said, “(Compared to 2018, when I was promoted to Seoul FC manager), it doesn’t seem to be a very good situation. Overall, the players’ confidence is low. There is not much time left, but we thoroughly prepare to avoid relegation. I will,” he said.

Gangwon drew 0-0 in the away match against Seoul in the 37th round of Hanawon Q K League 1 2021 Final B held at Jamsil Olympic Stadium in Seoul on the 28th. With the draw that day, Gangwon remained 11th (40 points) in the league, but the gap with the lowest-placed Gwangju FC (36 points) widened by 4 points, so even if they lost in the last 38 rounds, they were able to avoid direct relegation. Seoul (44 points, 44 points) was confirmed to remain in ninth place. In addition, Seongnam FC in 10th place (44 points, 37 points) will be relegated, while Gwangju FC in 12th place (36 points) will be relegated.

Earlier, on the 16th, Gangwon had appointed former Seoul manager Choi Yong-soo as the head coach. Gangwon was on the brink of relegation after being caught up in all sorts of bad things and unbeaten in 4 matches. Coach Choi of the matchmaker said, “I will not give up. I will try.” On this day, Gangwon showed a defense that was as solid as his determination. Gangwon, who came out with a 3-5-2 formation, looked for opportunities with quick counterattacks and set pieces as 8 to 9 players, including midfielders, were thickly defending the area in the opposing attack situation. Seoul tried to create opportunities by finding empty spaces with Ki Sung-yong as the center.

However, the two teams couldn’t decide for the 90 minutes. There were a lot of decisive scenes, but the opposing defense was caught off guard. In the 31st minute of the second half, Cho Young-wook, who received a pass from Na Sang-ho, shot a sharp shot, but it went just past the left side of the goal. Gangwon, who started the counterattack, was disappointed that Kim Dae-won’s sharp left cross did not hit the foot of Lee Jeong-hyeop, who rushed into the goal.

After the match, coach Choi expressed his feelings before debut, saying, “It feels like I’m back to where I should be. I saw the enthusiasm of the fans and thought that I should make a better team.” Regarding the solid defense that day, “I judged that Gangwon is a team with a relatively forward center of gravity. The opponent is a team that uses space well, so we strategically ordered it to find stability in defense. I want to praise him for not conceding a goal. “He said.

However, regarding the result of the match, he said, “I couldn’t decide the chance.” He emphasized, “In the end, football is a battle of whether you can turn a chance into a goal. I will refine the remaining time.”

Jeonbuk Hyundai’s Hong Jeong-ho (left) cheers after scoring the opening goal in the second half of the 2021 K League 1 Final A round 37 match against Daegu FC at DGB Daegu Bank Park in Buk-gu, Daegu on the 28th. news

On the same day, Jeonbuk Hyundai (73 points, 69 points) beat Daegu FC and widened the gap with Ulsan Hyundai (71 points, 62 points) by two points. Jeonbuk led Kunimoto’s corner kick in the second minute with Hong Jung-ho neatly kicking it with his right foot. Moon Seon-min, a substitute in the second half, sprinted after receiving a pass from Song Min-gyu in the 41st minute of the second half, and shook the net with a witty right-footed shot that beat Daegu Ahn Yong-woo and slightly passed the goalkeeper key. On the other hand, Ulsan scored only one point in the match against Suwon Samsung in a 0-0 draw.

By widening the points by two points ahead of the final match, Jeonbuk is one step closer to the K-League 1 championship in the 2021 season. Jeonbuk, which leads by seven points in multiple runs, will actually win the championship even if they only draw in the final match of Final A, which kicks off on the 5th. Ulsan must win the last 38 rounds against Daegu FC.

Dongsoon Choi reporter

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