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K League Headlines: Sept 14th - 21st

After a week of comebacks and cup upsets, K League United columnist Chris Park takes a look at the more popular headlines in the Korean media from this week.

[K League 1] Junior and Đerić Both Score Twice in Three-all Thriller

Gyeongnam FC and Ulsan tied 3-3 at Changwon Football Center on Saturday. Ulsan is 2nd in the league table with 60 points and Gyeongnam FC is in 10th with 23. Ulsan’s Junior and Gyeongnam’s Đerić both scored two goals for their team with Đerić’s last-minute goal equalizing the match to save the team from a defeat.

In the eighth minute, the Bosnian scored with his right foot from the middle of the penalty area with Lee Kwangjin assisting. Ulsan’s Junior then scored the equalizer in the 14th minute with a right-footed diagonal shot. Gyeongnam then took the lead again through Osman's goal in the 16th minute. Osman shook the net with a left-footed shot from the left side of the penalty area. Yet, in the 27th minute, Lee Donggyeong, who was recently selected for the Korean National Team, scored a goal for Ulsan to equalize the match.

With the two teams exchanging two goals each during the first half, Ulsan’s trusted striker Junior scored another goal in the 61st minute. It was a brilliant header delivered by Lee Myungjae. However, Junior’s goal proved not to be the winning goal. Đerić scored a last-minute equalizer in stoppage time. Đerić took a late penalty, which was earned by Lee Kwangjin, and shook the net with a powerful right-footed shot, ending the match in a draw.

Date: September 14, 2019
Source: My Daily (Kim Jongguk)

[READ: Ulsan vs Gangwon and Gyeongnam vs Jeonbuk Match Previews]

[K League 1] In Praise of Park Chu-young

FC Seoul came from behind to win 3-1 at home against Incheon United at Seoul World Cup Stadium on Sunday. At the heart of their comeback was Park Chu-young, who led Seoul's victory with one goal and two assists.

Seoul began the second half with a 0-1 deficit after allowing Kim Honam to score the first goal of the match. Park Chuyoung, started to spread his winning mentality to his teammates on the field. Park looked at an empty space in the center from the left and passed a ball to Ju Sejong. Ju went on to equalize by scoring the goal with his left foot.

In the 22nd minute, Park took the penalty won by Go Yohan. Park made a strong shot into the top right corner of the net. Jung San read the direction and threw himself at the ball, but "football master" Park’s shot was too strong. Just before the end of the match, Park even assisted Jung Wonjin’s goal. The former Arsenal player showed one of his best performances on the field.

With Park Chuyoung's one goal and two assists, Seoul defeated Incheon and claimed three valuable points. Also, the win over Incheon was all the more welcome because Seoul had not won the last four games, and at the center of Sunday’s victory, Park Chuyoung, a football master, was there.

Date: September 15, 2019
Source: Interfootball (Lee Myungsoo)

[Read: Post-match interview with FC Seoul's Osmar]

[Youth] K League Care Campaign Launches

The Korea Professional Football Association will hold a "K League Care Campaign" under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the National Sports Promotion Corporation for youth soccer players exposed to the risk of injury. Currently, the physical health of youth players is the most important factor for their progress, but it is difficult for youth players to obtain professional information or receive proper management of injuries. Therefore, through the 'K League Care Campaign', the association will promote awareness of injuries, prevention, and management of injuries via on & off-line channels.

In addition, representatives from 12 K League 1 clubs, including Kim Bokyung (Ulsan), Kim Jinya (Incheon), and Jeong Seungwon (Daegu), will participate in a video that introduces 12 ways to prevent injury. The video, which will consist of a total of 14 episodes, will start with a teaser video on Sept. 17 and will be available every Tuesday until Dec. 17 on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Naver Happy Bean.

Date: September 17, 2019
Source: STN Sports (Lee Bomi)

[Youth] 10-0 Victory Over Taiwan in AFC U-15 Championship

The U-15 South Korea team, led by manager Song Kyungsub, scored three goals in the first half and seven in the second half to win 10-0 in their AFC U-15 Championship Group K match against Taiwan held in Myanmar on Wednesday. The tournament is being held across 11 Asian countries to determine the 16 teams that will advance to the finals in Bahrain next year. Eleven teams made up of those ranked first in each group and four of the second-best will progress to the finals.

South Korea will have to go all out in the two upcoming matches. This is because it will be tied with the host country Myanmar on Friday 20th, and will face Thailand, the strongest team in Southeast Asia, on Sunday 22nd. Seeing as Thailand beat Myanmar 4-0 on Wednesday, South Korea may well be competing with them for first place.

Date: September 19, 2019
Source: Sports Seoul (Kim Hyunki)

[FA Cup] Semi-pro Sides Stun Top Flight in FA Semifinals

Will we witness the first FA Cup finals without a first-division team? K League 1 Suwon Samsung Bluewings and Sangju Sangmu failed to win the first round of the FA Cup semifinals on Wednesday. Suwon, which won the FA Cup four times and share the most wins in the competition with the Pohang Steelers, are in danger of being eliminated after losing to K3 Advanced outfit Hwaseong FC 0-1.

Hwaseong FC is making history in the FA Cup. They beat Cheonan City FC of the National League in the round of 16 via a penalty shootout and defeated K League 1 side Gyeongnam FC 2-1 in the quarterfinals. It is the first time for a K3 League Advanced team to reach the FA Cup semifinals.

Sangju also drew 1-1 with the National League's Daejeon Korail FC. Ryu Seungwoo scored the first goal in the 31st minute but the military side conceded an equalizer just before the end of the match.

Established in 1996, the FA Cup has been dominated by the top division teams. Ulsan Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (National League) are the only amateur team to have ever reached the final, doing so in 2005 before losing to Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors. The second round of the FA Cup semifinals will be held in Suwon and Sangju on October 2nd.

Date: September 19, 2019
Source: MK Sports (Lee Sangchul)

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