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Preview: Busan IPark Vs Daejeon Citizen

Busan IPark Vs Daejeon Citizen

Hyundai Oilbank K League Challenge Sunday 11th September 2016 14:00 KST

Daejeon had a massive opportunity on Wednesday night to close the gap between themselves and, who were then fourth-placed, Daegu when the two sides met at Purple Arena.

Jean-Claude Bozga lifts the trophy Daejeon were awarded with following the penalty shootout win over Yanbian.
Photo credit: DCFC.co.kr

Things seemed to be going according to plan for the Purples when a Kim Dong-Chan penalty put the home side ahead midway through the first half.

Unfortunately for Citizen, the second half mirrored the first with Daegu netting a spot kick midway through the period and thus the points were shared.

If Citizen had been able to hold onto their lead then it would have, not only been the perfect way to follow up the 5-0 demolition of Ansan 10 days previous, but it would have also made a big statement; Daejeon are still very much in this playoff mix.

The draw now sees Daejeon in fifth place and knocking on the door of Gangwon who are five points ahead but with games coming thick and fast Daejeon have plenty of opportunities to redeem themselves.

Up next for Citizen is the relatively long trip to the south coast to take on Busan IPark who themselves still harbour some hopes of making it into the playoffs.

Resting in ninth place and being nine points behind Gangwon, any efforts made could well be in vain, but if Busan's recent form is anything to go by then it seems they are not throwing in the towel any time soon.

Busan shave with three wins in their last six and just one defeat meaning that Sunday's encounter should be an interesting one at that.

With only ten games left it is do or die for both teams.

Previous Meetings

Daejeon are unbeaten against their Gyeongsangnam Province counterparts this term, having picked up two wins and a draw.

Daejeon's first win of the 2016 campaign was against Busan when the Purples recorded a 2-1 win at home thanks to goals from Kim Dong-Chan and Yoo Seung-Wan, with a Willian Popp effort sandwiched between.

The most recent meeting was another 2-1 win, again at Daejeon World Cup Stadium, with a very similar scoring pattern.

Hwang In-Beom put Daejeon ahead on 34 minutes only for Jung Suk-Hwa to level on the stroke of half time.

However, Yoo Seung-Wan was on hand again, just like he was back in April, to net a winner just past the hour mark.

When the sides went head to head at the Asiad Stadium the game ended in a 0-0 draw.

Team News

Choi Moon-Sik has the luxury of a relatively fully fit squad to choose from with Kim Tae-Bong now back from a long term foot injury.

Kim Dong-Chan was rested for Daejeon's friendly match with Chinese Super League side Yanbian last Friday meaning the tallismatic front man has been able to recover from a niggling back injury.

Woo-Hyun and Kim Hyun-Jin both featured in said friendly and will be looking for a recall to league action after solid displays.

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