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FC Seoul 1-3 Gamba Osaka: AFC Recap

With the exception of Seongnam, who defeated Guangzhou Evergrande 2-1, it has not been a good week for the Korean teams in the AFC.  First, Jeonbuk drew 1-1 at home, conceding an away goal and making their task more difficult, but not impossible.  Next, Suwon was shocked by Kashiwa Reysol, losing 3-2 at home.  This means they need to win by 2 in Japan next week.  It is a difficult task, but not impossible by any means.

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However, I cannot say the same thing for Seoul after last night's match.  I did not get to see the match since I had to work, but I did watch the highlights of the goals and followed the Twitter feed somewhat.  Apparently no one at the FC Seoul office got the message about Takashi Usami being the player to watch because he scored two last night.  The first was a fabulous volley off of a cross in the 62nd minute as FC Seoul's defense was shredded by the passing down the right side line to free Hiroki Fujiharu for the cross that found Usami wide open in the middle of the box.
Watching the replay, no one picked up his run and the central defender Kim Nam Choon was too deep in the box to prevent him from scoring.  Words will be had and fingers will be pointed over that goal.  That being said, it was great how Usami moved into space and prime example of what Seoul are missing from their forwards this year.  

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The second goal was similar to the first.  It came eleven minutes late off of the right foot of  Kori Yanekura.  Hiroki Fujiharu was again played into space a wonderful through ball to cross over the top of the defenders and Yanekura to volley low into the goal. 

Again, watching the replays, it seems as though this was yet another series of gaffes.  No one picked up Yanekura on the play, so Yanekura had acres of space to move into for his volleyed goal.  Yun Il Lok seems to have tracked backs halfassed to mark him and then decided he could not be bothered.  I am not sure who Ko Kwang Min was marking either.  This was what I was talking about in eliminating defensive mistakes in my preview.  Still, it was an intelligent use of space by Yanekura and it begs the question as to why Seoul can't do that when they have the ball.  

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The third goal to finish Seoul off happened in the 86th minute.  Usami caught the Seoul back line ball watching.  He picked up the ball deep outside of the box and ran right at Lee Woong Hee and Kim Nam Choon, with neither being able to stop him, and scored off a low left foot shot into the goal from the center.  This was the proverbial cherry on the top to end the nightmare for Seoul's defense.  

Yun Ju Tae pulled one back for Seoul in the 93rd minute to give Seoul a slim hope in their travels to Osaka next week.  He did well to score from the top of the box after Kim Hyun Sung knocked down a header into his path.  However, it was too little too late as Seoul were dominated in this game and will have to score at least three goals next week to advanced to the quarter finals.  




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