Recap: Ansan Greeners 2-1 Daejeon Citizen
Daejeon Citizen fail to win on the first day of the season for the sixth year in a row, their last opening day victory was against Ulsan Hyundai in March 2011.
The Green Wolves roar to leave the Purples feeling sore as a last gasp goal ensured Ansan Greeners marked their K League bow with a win over Daejeon Citizen on Saturday afternoon.
The newly founded Ansan side saw off the challenge of promotion favourites Daejeon Citizen after a 2-1 victory at the Wa~ Stadium thanks to a goals from Nasimov and Han Geunyong.
In the first half Uzbek hitman Nasimov scored Greeners' historic first ever goal but the former Uzbek international's strike was cancelled out by a superbly hit Lee Hoseok strike for the visitors.
But, in the dying moments of the game, Han Geunyong came off the bench and popped up with a dramatic late winner to send the 8,000 strong home crowd into delirium.
A a lovely early spring sunny afternoon at the Ansan Wa~ Stadium, the game got off to a slow start with neither team playing with much in the way of verve or incision.
Daejeon looked to be the most likely of the two sides to score in the first twenty minutes but, having looked somewhat shaky at the back, rode their luck somewhat at the other end.
Lee Hoseok began the game a little deeper than perhaps his spell at Gyeongnam, deployed in a three-man midfield of Hwang Inbeom and former Daegu man Kim Daeyeol.
The game seemed to pass the Daejeon midfield by, with neither Kim Daeyeol nor Hwang Inbeom assertive enough in the first half, with the former lacking the ferocity and tenacity of Kim Sunmin who swapped places with Kim Daeyeol at Daegu over the winter.
But, despite this, Daejeon managed to create some opportunities, largely from the flanks with Levan and Kim Jungjoo looking to feed Cristian Dănălache spearheading the Purples' attack from the right and left flanks respectively.
But, it was Ansan who took the lead, doing so just shy of half time when the luck Daejeon once rode at the back seemed to run out, heading to Nasimov to fire Ansan in front.
Kim Taeun, a recent signing from Seoul E-Land, failed to clear his lines and the ball was allowed to make its way into the box to Raul, who was well placed enough to hook the ball across to Nasimov who fired home from close range.
After what must have been some stern words at half time by Daejeon manager Lee Youngik, the visitors started the second period on the front foot.
Cristian Dănălache linked up well with his partner in crime from Gyeongnam Lee Hoseok in spells and it is exactly how Daejeon levelled, only with a difference.
Whereas Lee Hoseok was brought in to feed Dănălache, it was actually the Romanian who set up Lee, laying the ball off at the edge of the box for the Daejeon number 17 let rip with a well-taken right-footed strike which beat the helpless Hwang Sungmin in the Ansan goal.
After the equaliser, and for the majority of the second half, Daejeon turned the screw to go and find a winner.
Kang Yunsung, who came onto replace Kim Taeun at left back, got in behind and almost set up Dănălache but his final ball was wayward.
This was the beginning of a trend, certainly from a Daejeon perspective, who just couldn't find the right pass.
Ansan, meanwhile, enjoyed spells of pressure themselves and looked to hit Citizen on the counter which seemed to worry captain Kim Jinkyu who was booked for a cynical but perhaps necessary foul on Raul to halt one of Ansan's quick counter as Daejeon struggled to get men back behind the ball.
Kim Jungjoo, who impressed from the left wing, was replaced by Han Seunghyup who operated behind Dănălache, in what was one last throw of the dice from Coach Lee but with Daejeon's rather sloppy back four and sluggish midfield, Park Jaewoo came on for Levan to shore things up at the back and see the game out.
Unfortunately for Daejeon, Ansan had other ideas, throwing on Han Geunyong who went on to break Daejeon hearts with a late, late winner.
Raul, who caused Citizen problems all afternoon, broke free down the left, poked the ball through to Han Geunyong who prodded the ball into the bottom left hand corner of Jung Soohyun's goal.
The referee's full time whistle immediately followed the resulting kick off much to the despair of the travelling Daejeon fans, and the sheer delight of the citizens of Ansan.
A draw would have perhaps been a fairer result, Daejeon looked good in spells but Kim Daeyeol and Hwang Inbeom had quite afternoons in the middle of the park.
At the back, Kim Jinkyu looked solid and Kim Taebong had a good game at right back but Kim Taeun at left full back had a debut to forget before being hauled off.
Up next for Daejeon is the visit of fellow promotion favourites Seongnam FC who will make the trip to Purple Arena on the back of a home defeat to Busan IPark.