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Recap: FC Seoul 3-0 Daegu FC

Match Report: FC Seoul 3-0 Daegu FC in K League 1 Round 8
Evandro and Cho Youngwook steal the show as FC Seoul put on a performance to comfortably dispatch of Daegu with a 3-0 win at Sangam. With all the furore surrounding social media outbursts, Hwang Sunhong's men quietly went about their job to secure their second win of the season to see his side move up to eighth.
(Image via K League)
FC Seoul secured their second win of the campaign to ease the pressure on under-fire gaffer Hwang Sunhong with a comfortable and professional 3-0 victory at home to Daegu FC on Saturday afternoon.

Former Daegu striker Evandro put the hosts in front early on, latching onto a Cho Youngwook cross inside 12 minutes to set Seoul off to a much deserved victory.

Vice Captain Go Yohan doubled Seoul's advantage early into the second half with a beautiful, curling effort into the far corner from the edge of the box before a Kim Jinhyeok own goal sealed a 3-0 win, turning the ball into his own net from another teasing Cho Youngwook cross.

FC Seoul gaffer rang in the changes following his sides 1-0 reverse down in Ulsan last week, altering things tactically with a 4-1-4-1 formation as well as several adjustments personnel wise.

Cho Youngwook was preferred on the right wing to Anderson Lopes whilst Hwang Hyunsoo dropped to the bench in place of Kim Wonkyun at the heart of the defence, Park Dongjin made way for Shim Sangmin at left full back.

In midfield Jung Hyeoncheol was replaced by Hwang Kiwook, marshalling the back four, with Shin Jinho and Kim Seongjun in the centre of midfield.

Daegu had earned themselves an hard fought win last time out but any notion of those clad in sky blue following up their win over Gangwon last week was soon put to bed when Hwang Sunhong's men got off to the perfect start with a goal inside the first 15 minutes.

Brazilian forward Evandro was on hand to net his second goal in as many home starts, firing in a close-range effort past former teammate Cho Hyunwoo in between the sticks for Daegu.

Midfielder Kim Seongjun's awareness and positional sense allowed the former Seongnam man to pick up a loose ball just past the halfway line before playing in an eager Cho Youngwook on the right flank.

First year professional Cho took a touch, steadied himself before sending in a teasing cross towards the six-yard box where Evandro latched on to the ball to find the back of the net with a neat finish under pressure.

Evandro now has two goals in two Sangam starts. (Image via K League)
With their noses in front any nerves or tension soon disappeared on what was a bright and sunny afternoon in the capital, and so the city's premier club began express themselves in ways that frankly hadn't been seen previously this term.

However, the visitors did have a great opportunity to equalise on 20 minutes when FC Seoul goalkeeper Yang Hanbin made somewhat of a hash of his goalkick, gifting the ball to Cesinha on the right flank.

Now in his third season with Daegu, Cesinha was all too happy to mop up the scuffed clearance before finding Kim Kyeongjun in and around the penalty spot but Seoul's custodian recovered well with a determined save - "Superboy" Kim Kyeongjun perhaps ought to have done better, though.

After 27 minutes Hwang Sunhong was forced into make a change with midfielder Kim Seongjun picking up a hamstring strain.

At first it looked as though Jung Hyeoncheol was going to replace the former Daejeon Citizen midfielder but, instead, Seoul gaffer Hwang Sunhong opted for forward Anderson Lopes.

Cho Youngwook shifted to the left to allow Anderson to play down the right-hand side whilst Go Yohan dropped into central midfield.

Cho Youngwook (right) had a fine afternoon for FC Seoul on what was his first start. (Image via K Leagu)

Seoul could have gone in at the break with a two goal advantage after Evandro went close to getting his second of the afternoon but his curling effort  whistled just past the post and out for a goalkick.

At half time FC Seoul held a deserved, primarily thanks to the pace, incisiveness and sharpness of Evandro and Cho Youngwook in particular, but also due to a  Daegu had had their lion's share of the possession, 60% compared to Seoul's 40%.

With confidence as fragile as it has been in recent weeks, in the second period it was imperative that Seoul didn't concede an early goal and so would it have been forgivable had Hwang Sunhong had have instructed his team to try and frustrate Daegu after the restart to conserve their lead.

However, with just six minutes on the clock in the second period, the hosts had doubled their advantage.

Vice Captain Go Yohan latched onto a loose ball on the edge of the box and sent in a peach of a strike into the bottom left-hand corner of Cho Hyunwoo's goal.

Shim Sangmin, who had put in a very credible performance at left back, played in Cho Youngwook who had the confidence to send in a first time cross and, despite Kim Jinhyeok's interception and half clearance, the ball rolled into the path of an unmarked Go Yohan.

The one club man struck the ball sweetly to curl the ball into the bottom corner and put further daylight between the two sides - Seoul 2-0 up and in total control.

Two goals to the good Seoul were playing with a confidence and verve that hasn't been seen before this term, Evandro in particular was a constant thorn in Daegu's side all afternoon.

The Brazilian's trickery and pace earned his time numerous freekicks in dangerous positions and looked as though another goal was well within his grasp.

And that it almost was had it not have been for Kim Jinhyeok whose miserable afternoon was about to get worse.

Despite knocking on the door themselves, Daegu were hit on the counter-attack - Yang Hanbin played the ball out to right full back Shin Kwanghoon who, after advancing past the halfway line, nudged the ball into the feet of Anderson on the right-hand touchline.

Anderson then played the ball short to Hwang Kiwook who, making his first start of the season, played a teasing ball from deep into the path of Cho Youngwook towards byline.

Cho Youngwook showed great composure again to take a touch inside the box before directing a pass towards Evandro, who with an open goal, was eagerly awaiting the cross inside the six yard box.

However, before the cross could reach the 31-year-old, Kim Jinhyeok stick a toe out to turn the ball into his own goal to make it Seoul three Daegu nil with little over 10 minutes of the 90 remaining.

Daegu's disappointing afternoon was compounded even further when "Superboy" Kim Kyeongju became the villain after being shown a straight red card in the 90th minute.

From hero to villain, Kim Kyeongjun was shown a straight red card after a reckless challenge on Seoul's Go Yohan. (Image via K League)
The first year professional, albeit accidentally, caught the scorer of Seoul's second goal Go Yohan with a reckless challenge with studs showing at shin height.

After referee Kim Heegon had consulted VAR, the 21-year-old forward was shown a straight red card and will now miss Daegu's home fixture with North Gyeongsang neighbours Sangju Sangmu on Wednesday.

In the end, despite Daegu have 55% of the possession, it was a deserved win for FC Seoul who were in desperate need of the three points.

The early goal did wonders for Seoul's confidence in the final third, allowing the likes of Evandro, Cho Youngwook, and Anderson in particular to play with a bit more freedom and expression.

Up next Seoul make the long trip to Gwangyang to take on basement side Jeonnam Dragons before a home clash with Sangju Sangmu next Saturday.


FC Seoul Substitutes:
Jung Jinwook (GK), Park Dongjin, Hwang Hyunsoo, Jung Hyeoncheol, Yoon Seungwon (Cho Youngwook 89'), Kovacec (Shin Jinho 87'), Anderson (Kim Seongjun 27')

Daegu FC Substitutes:

Choi Youngeun (GK), Oh Kwangjin, Kim Wooseok, Park Byeonghyeon, Jung Seonho (Park Hanbin 57', Hong Seunghyeon (Kim Jinhyeok 90'), Kim Daewon (Jeon Hyeoncheol 62').

Attendance: 7,221
Referee: Kim Heegon
Assistants: Kang Dongho, Noh Suyong
Fourth Official: Choi Hyunjae

You can catch our columnists' post match thoughts from full time in the video below.

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