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Recap: Bucheon FC 1995 2-3 Seoul E-Land

As the top two teams in the K League 1, Ulsan Hyundai, and Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, fought it out on Sunday evening. An instant classic was unfolding down in the second division, as Bucheon FC 1995 clashed with Seoul E-Land.

A game which saw Seoul E-Land 2-0 down, it looked grim for the Leopards. However, the club valiantly fought back and recorded a famous 3-2 victory. Michael Redmond looks back on Sunday night's game. 

First Half

The game got off to a quick start, as the two teams were back and forth in some rough tackling. Richard Sukutu-Pasu was put in the book early on, for a tackle on Kim Yong-chan. The German may have felt hard done by, especially as moments later, he was pulled down by the shirt. Nothing was given. The first talking point in the game just after the half-hour mark. Errors in Seoul's defence saw Barbio break free, and chase the ball down, with only Kim Hyeon-gyun in front of him. Park Sung-woo managed to chase the Brazilian down, yet his tackle in the box eventually lead to a penalty decision. This was the first VAR call of the night, the first of many. Barbio converted the penalty, and the home team were 1-0 to the good.
A quick, and powerful Barbio, gave Seoul E-Land problems all evening.

Seoul tried to get back into the game after the penalty, there was a good effort from the captain Kim Min-kyun on the stroke of half time. This was not to be though, and the ball went wide. The referee called for half time. Overall, not an amazing first half from both teams, and only the solo goal to separate the two sides.

Second Half

The Second half was when the game started to unfold. It must be said, that a number of challenges and decisions that went Buceon's way in this game, were questionable at best. One of the biggest calls came in the 50th minute, when Seoul's Kim Sung-hyun, went up for a header, against Bucheon's  Lee Hyun-ill. After the striker dramatically dropped to the floor. The referee called for the spot-kick. VAR was called once again, and I still do not understand how a penalty was still awarded. Some say it maybe do to an outstretched arm, but there was never any real contact between the two players. The penalty was given, and Cho Soo-chul made the home side 2-0 up. Bucheon were cruising in this game, the surely had three points in the bag at this stage.

Then the Seoul E-Land fight was on. In the 62nd minute, a truly inspirational Seo Jae-min cross into Leandro, saw the Brazillian volley the ball into the back of the net to make it 2-1, game on. Bucheon went defensive, they put 11 men behind the ball, trying to hold onto the lead. Seoul just pushed, and fought, and clawed their way back into the game. In the 86th minute, the captain popped up. Cool, calm, and collected. A Leandro through ball, saw Kim Min-kyun look up, and hit the ball first time. Seoul finally equalized in the game.
Seoul E-Land celebrate a famous victory in Bucheon.

And then it happened. In the dying minutes of the game. A beautiful piece of play, all hands on deck. There he was, Leandro, he simply tapped the ball into the net, and homes all around Seoul erupted in cheers. They looked down and out, but this side truly turned it around. They kept in the game and battled to the end. Seoul truly did what no fan have seen from them, in all of their existence.

That was all well and good going forward in the game, but they then had six minutes of added time to contend with, after an onslaught of Bucheon attack. Their keeper,  Choi Bong-jin came up for the last corner of the game. He managed to get a touch of the ball but was then tackled by Kwak Sung-wook. The ref blew for full time, however, this was not the end. The referee wanted to check the tackle and went to VAR for the last time. The whistle was already blown, but the ref was checking. Hearts were in mouths at this moment, the nerves of the entire E-Land camp was on show. After examining the footage, finally, the referee decided. No penalty, and Seoul had their famous win.

Captain Kim Min-kyun lead his team valiantly to victory.


Aftermath

In a week, which saw only two K League 2 teams win throughout the entire round, the results have moved Seoul up to 5th place. They are now only three points behind, in what is becoming a very open title race. Seoul will now welcome Suown FC to Jamsil next week, the only other team to win on the weekend. What is even more worrying for Seoul is that Suwon are top of the tree at the moment, and they have been clinical this year. The result for Bucheon 1995 dropped them down to 4th, however, it is still all to play for in this league.

Seoul will hope in the next game, that they will not have to repeat such heroics, but the wheels are certainly turning over in the capital.



 

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