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Recap: Han Seung-gyu's stunner earns Seoul the Super Match spoils

A stunning Han Seung-gyu goal sealed a 2-1 Super Match win for FC Seoul'over rivals Suwon Bluewings in Round 20 of the 2020 Hana 1Q K League 2 season. The win moves Seoul into the top six, just three points behind Daegu FC and back in the hunt for an ACL space - a notion that was inconceivable just a few months ago. Bluewings, however, remain in the relegation mire as life under new manager Park Jum-ha begins with defeat.

FC Seoul's unbeaten Super Match run was extended to 18 matches on Sunday when Han Seung-gyu fired in a stunning, curling effort into the top corner from the edge of the box in a 2-1 win which sent the capital club into the top six. 

In the second, and possibly last, Super Match of 2020, FC Seoul drew first blood thanks to an unlucky own goal by Bluewings centre back Jo Sung-jin who steered Cho Young-wook's low cross in past his own goalkeeper.

Suwon club legend Yeom Ki-hun had drawn the Bluewings level on 20 minutes, coolly converting a penalty after Jung Han-min bundled Kim Tae-hwan to the ground. But on-loan attacking midfielder Han Seung-gyu's peach of a goal was worthy of winning any game of football.

After a long injury layoff, Spanish central midfielder Osmar made his return for FC Seoul, slotting into midfield alongside Jung Hyeon-cheol. Ki Sung-yueng remained on the bench after two cameo appearances since returning to K League from a 11-year spell in Europe. Youngster Jung Han-min also returned to the starting XI, the preferred choice over club captain Go Yo-han. Park Chu-young also dropped to the bench.

Meanwhile, for the Bluewings, Adam Taggart was conspicuous by his absence. An injury is said to be keeping the Socceroo on the sidelines but with talk of a move to the Middle East in the offing, his omission is no doubt a concern for Bluewings fans. Compatriot Terry Antonis was also absent from the match day 18, Han Seok-jong and Choi Sung-geun were Park Kun-ha's preferred midfield pairing.

First Half

Despite the game being played behind closed doors, it was a fast-paced beginning at a sunny Seoul World Cup Stadium. Suwon's passing was crisp and purposeful but once Seoul were able to get hold of the ball looked reasonably assured in possession.

GOAL! The deadlock was broken in the sixth minute by the hosts FC Seoul via an unfortunate own goal from Bluewings defender Jo Sung-jin. A Cho Young-wook cut-back from the right-hand side was heading towards Jung Han-min in the six-yard box but Bluewings defender, Jo Sung-jin, sporting a protective face mask, turned the ball into his own net before Jung could do the honours.

Cho Young-wook (C) involved in Seoul taking the lead in the 6th minute.

FC Seoul then almost made it 2-0 on 16 minutes via a free-kick when Osmar fizzed a ball from around 30 yards out just past Yang Hyung-mo's right-hand post. The Spaniard scored a rocket of a free-kick in the Sangam Super Match last year and is was very close to doing so again.

GOAL! But, the next goal came from the visitors as Yeom Ki-hun restored parity from 12 yards out. Almost as soon as Osmar's dead ball had gone wide, Suwon went up the other end to forge their first real chance of the afternoon.

Young winger Jung Han-min was adjudged to have brought Suwon winger Kim Tae-hwan in the box, leaving the referee no choice but to point to the spot. Yeom stepped up and calmly slotted the ball past Yang Han-bin to make it 1-1 with 20 minutes on the clock.

Just over 20 minutes into the first half and Suwon made their first substitution. Lee Sang-min coming on in place of Jo Sung-jin who picked up an ankle injury.

After levelling, Suwon were content to sit back with men behind the ball and frustrate the hosts with sideways passing was about as much as Seoul could muster. A Suwon back five ensured that there was very little space for the capital club to operate in.

The first half petered out with neither team knowing how to find that incisive pass. However, Seoul were presented with a chance from a set piece after Cho Young-wook was cynically scythed down by Han Seok-jong. Former Incheon midfielder Han was lucky not to be sent off - and perhaps would have been had he have been the last man - but was shown a yellow card. Seoul were unable to make the most of the opportunity.

Half time, FC Seoul 1-1 Suwon Bluewings.

Second Half

FC Seoul made a double substitution at half time, bring on former Korean international duo Park Chu-young and Ki Sung-yueng in place of Jung Han-min and Yun Ju-tae respectively. With a place in the top six up for grabs, caretaker gaffer Kim Ho-young was wasting no time in making some much-needed changes.

Ki Sung-yueng comes on at half time in his first Super Match since 2009.

Ki made an immediate impact, spraying a diagonal ball out to the right-flank and was key to Seoul's attacking shape, acting as linchpin. The former Korean National Team skipper's composure on the ball also allowed Seoul to keep possession for longer further up the pitch.

Suwon Bluewings waited until the 50th minute before they brought on some attacking reinforcements with Kim Gun-hee being introduced with Bosnian striker Sulejman Krpić making way.

Just before the change Seoul had a corner kick which could potentially have been awarded as a penalty. Seoul seemed adamant that the ball had hit a hand on the way out but the man in the middle, Kim Woo-sung, was not interested.

Suwon, though, definitely were interested and seemed to begin the second period with a bit of intensity but Seoul defended well enough to keep the Bluewings at bay.

Seoul's first real look on goal in the second half came in the 58th minute; Han Seung-gyu's half volley was on target but tame enough for Yang Hyung-mo to catch fairly comfortably. Seoul were beginning to regain a foothold in the game at this point.

GOAL!! And it wasn't long before the hosts were back in front; Han Seung-gyu found the top corner in the 62nd minute. It was a good passage of play from Seoul too with Park Chu-Young, Osmar, and  Ko Kwang-min exchanging passes before Han Seung-gyu picked the ball up with this back to goal. The on-loan Jeonbuk midfielder turned on the edge of the box before ushering the ball onto his right foot then sent a curling effort into the top corner for his third goal of the season.

Suwon Bluewings make another change on 64 minutes, Yeom Ki-hun going off with Han Seok-hee on in his place.And, undeterred after falling behind for the second time in the match, Suwon pressed for an equaliser. However, it was now Seoul's time to get bodies behind the ball and frustrate the opposition.

The second half ebbed and flowed, both teams having the chance to work their way into the box. The Bluewings spurned a glorious opportunity when they did finally work their way into a goal-scoring position but Kim Gun-hee found nothing but air when trying to connect on the half-volley. All the striker needed to do was make contact and Seoul custodian Yang Han-bin would have work to do.

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With three minutes left of normal time, Seoul made another substitution - versatile wide man Kim Jin-ya on for Cho Young-wook in a like-for-like swap.

Seoul were able to hold on to seal the win, extending their unbeaten K League Super Match run to 18 matches. The hosts edged it in terms of quality of play but it took a truly stunning goal to seal the victory.


Substitutes: 1 Yu Sang-hun, 20 Cha Oh-yeon, 28 Kang Sang-hee, 17 Kim Jin-ya (87', 8 Ki Sung-yeung (46' Jung Han-min), 25 Han Chan-hee, 10 Park Chu-young (46' 19 Yun Ju-tae)

Substitutes: 99 An Chan-gi, 2 Park Dae-won, 98 Park Sang-hyeok, 24 Lee Sang-min (21' Jo Sung-jin), 13 Han Seok-hee (64' Yeom Ki-hun), 9 Han Eui-kwon, 14 Kim Gun-hee


Referee: Kim Woo-sung
Assistants: Kim Gye-yong, Gu Eun-seok
Fourth Official: Lee Dong-jun

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