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Recap: Ansan Greeners 3-2 Daejeon Citizen

Daejeon Citizen concede late to lose to nine-man Ansan Greeners to condemn the Purples to their second defeat on the spin and leaving new gaffer Ko Jongsoo still searching for his first win in management.
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Daejeon Citizen suffered their second successive defeat of the season by conceding in stoppage time to nine-man Ansan Greeners. Daejeon gaffer Ko Jongsoo had made a few tweaks to his side that lost to Bucheon last time out, notably dropping captain Oh Jangeun and replacing one former Bluewing with another in  Ko Minseong.

Brazilian striker Pedro was no where to be seen, conspicious by his absense. Instead, new signing from Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim Park Inhyeok lead the line for Citizen whilst Park Myeongsoo came in at left back in the absence of Jeon Sanghoon.

The game got off to somewhat of a frantic star with a red card and a penalty all in the first 10 minutes. Ansan Greeners' Park Jinseop was the player to be given his marching orders after picking up two yellow cards in as many minutes. The first bookable offence was for a rash two-footed lunge from behind on Daejeon vice-captain Ahn Sanghyeon, who was donning the armband in place of Oh Jangeun. Two minutes later, Park Jinseop received his second booking, this time for raised studs in a challenge with the same Citizen player and so, with just five minutes on the clock, Ansan Greeners were down to ten men.

The visitors looked to take advantage and after some persistance from Kim Seongjoo and Baek Jonghwan down the right, Daejeon were awarded a penalty with just ten minutes on the clock. Winger Kim Seongjoo, on loan from Jeonnam Dragons, was brought down by left-sided defender Lee Geon in the box and with the referee well placed and had no choice but to award a penalty to the visitors.

Former Jeju United midfielder, who endured somewhat of a tough time in the Purples' defeat to Bucheon last time out, duly stepped up and converted the spot kick with aplomb, much to the delight of the travelling Citizen faithful.

But, it didn't take long before the host had found a reply. Lee Geon, who was adjudged to have been at fault for Citizen's penalty, atoned for his error by pegging the Purples back just two minutes later.

Hong Donghyeon broke free down the right before playing the ball to Conneh into feet. The Liberian forward laid it into Park Junhee who had broken free towards the byline. The Greeners skipper's cross was missed by Daejeons two central defenders and found its way to the back post were Lee Geon finished emphatically.

Despite some speculative efforts from both sides, the score remained level at the break but on the stroke of half time, referee Cho Ji-im produced his red card for the second time of the afternoon. Ansan Greeners' Shin Ilsoo's dangerous tackle on Ko Minseog was seemingly missed initially but with the help of VAR, the man in the middle produced a straight red and Ansan Greeners went in at the break with nine men. Ko Minseong was then replaced by Filip Hlohovsky to make his Citizen debut.

With 52 minutes on the clock Daejeon got their noses in front via an own goal from Ansan Greeners striker Conneh. A corner from the left handside by Filip Hlohovsky made its way to the near post towards debutant Park Inhyeok who, at first appeared to have found the back of the net with a deft header. However, it was indeed Ansan's Conneh who got the final touch, flicking the ball on and into the top corner of his own goal.

Daejeon Citizen now 2-1 up and playing against a team with nine men, surely even Daejeon couldn't  make a hash of this. The visitors even had one or two chances to extend their lead and put daylight between the two sides, Kim Seungseop going close with a long ranger effort.

However, after 66 minutes, the nine-men of Ansan drew level through skipper Park Junhee. A foul on Conneh by Ahn Sanghyeon 30-yards out allowed Jang Hyeokjin to dink the ball into the box and into the path of an unmarked Park Junhee. The Greeners captain calmly chested the ball down and slotted past the advancing Kim Jinyoung in the Daejeon goal.

However, with a hint of offside, VAR was consulted and the goal was not yet confirmed by the officials. But, after some communication between the officials on the sideline the goal was given, despite two or three Ansan players appearing to be in offside positions as the ball was played into the box.

Luck was not smiling on Daejeon's side, certainly not when Park Inhyeok, baring down on goal, struck his shot straight at the 'keeper in what was a glorious opportunity to restore Daejeon's lead. An inch eitherside and Citizen could, and should, have been back in front.

Instead, it was Ansan who took the lead and in did so in the dying embers with a goal that proved to be the winner. With four minutes of added time at the end of the second half already played, Greeners bagged a dramatic late winner.

Choi Hoju broke free down the right, played the ball across to Jang Hyeokkin whose first time shot found the bottom corner. Questions will have to be asked of Daejeon's goalkeeper Kim Jinyoung who was beaten easily, but Choi Hoju was allowed too much time to get his cross in.

The result means that Daejeon, despite having a two man advantage for 45 minutes, suffered their second defeat on the spin, further highlighting the task at hand for new manager Ko Jongsoo and CEO Kim Ho.

Up next for Citizen is the visit of Seoul E-Land to Purple Arena next Sunday.

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Substitutes: Park Hyeongmin (GK), Choi Sungmin (Hong Donghyun '46), Park Seongbu (Kim Yeonsoo '66), Park Kwanwoo (Conneh '74), Choi Myeonghee, Jung Kiwoon, Kim Jongseok.


Substitutes: Lim Minhyeok (GK), Ahn Jaejoon, Oh Jangeun, Jung Minwoo, Filip (Ko Minseong '47), Park Daehoon (Kim Seongjoo '70), Park Jaewoo (Baek Jonghwan '70).

Referee: Cho Ji-im
Assistants: Ji Seungmin, Sung Jookyung
Fourth official: Kim Doyeon

Attendance: 5,532


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