Review: Daejeon Citizen 1-1 Asan Mugungwha
Despite a missed penalty from Lee Hoseok (above), Daejeon Citizen hit late to salvage a draw against Asan Mugunghwa with a Shin Hakyoung equaliser in the dying minutes cancelling out Nam Junjae's first half injury time opener.
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Due to injuries and suspensions Daejeon manager Lee Youngik was forced into making a couple of changes from the side that lost to Anyang last week with Han Seunghyup replacing the suspended Cristian Danalache in attack.
At the other end, injured captain Kim Jinkyu was replaced by Yun Shinyoung in a reshuffled back four which saw just Park Jaewoo keep his place.
Kim Taeeun partnered Yun Shinyoung at the heart of the Citizen defense with Kim Taebong making way for Kang Yunsung at left full back.
Once against Coach Lee opted to rotate the goalkeepers with Lee Youngchang in to replace Jeon Suhyun whilst Georgian winger Levan returned to the starting eleven after recovering from an ankle injury.
After a largely uneventful first half the visitors Asan took the lead on the stroke of half time through Nam Junjae.
The striker on loan from Seongnam managed to squeeze the ball past Daejeon goalkeeper Lee Youngchang who, despite getting a hand to Nam's header, was unable to prevent the ball from finding the bottom corner.
The move was a relatively straight forward one for Asan with Han Jiho, who under very little pressure on the right wing, had enough time and space to advance towards the byline before sending the ball into the near post.
Nam Junjae, who scored only twice in 17 appearances last term, connected with the ball with a stooping header which, had not been for a touch off Daejeon defender Kim Taeeun, would have been straight at goalkeeper Lee Youngchang.
Nonetheless, Daejeon found themselves behind heading into the break.
The second half proved to be quite an eventful one with Citizen missing a penalty before eventually netting a late equaliser.
Lee Hoseok, arguably Daejeon's signing of the season thus far, had the chance to level from the spot on 60 minutes only to see his effort saved by Park Hyunsoon.
Despite the person operating the pyrotechnics behind the goal, Lee Hoseok's penalty was saved thanks to a firm hand low down to the goalkeeper's left and out for a corner kick.
Daejeon did get their equaliser however, with substitute Shin Hakyoung firing home with a well-taken strike from an angle on the edge of the box into the opposite corner. Cue the fireworks.
Midfielder Shin Hakyoung had come on for Kim Daeyeol on 75 minutes and, to the delight of manager Lee Youngik and relief of the Daejeon Citizen faithful, the midfielder was able to find the net and salvage a point.
The result means that Daejeon dropped to eighth place whilst Asan slipped to fourth.
Citizen have just one win on the league this season and make the trip to Bucheon 1995 on Saturday evening.
Match preview to follow later this week.