FC Seoul in poll position to stay in K League 1

After a terrible season for FC Seoul, it now comes down to a two-legged game with Busan I'Park to stay in the K League 1. With FC Seoul in terrible form and Busan having reached the play-off final after limping to the finishing line with one league win in four it looked like a hard game to call. In the end, FC Seoul ended up running out 3-1 winners in the first leg however at the Busan Gudeok Stadium.

FC Seoul in the driving seat 

Now with FC Seoul picking up the 3-1 win away from home, they look very much in the driving seat to remain in the K League 1. Although I would not write off Busan out just yet as until Kwon Jin-Young sending off just before halftime the home side looked in control.

The game started so well for the K League 2 side as they looked to dominate the early part of the match. Then on 23 minutes, the Brazilian RĂ´mulo scored from close to 30 yards as his well-hit strike gave Yang Han-Bin in the Seoul goal no chance.

Although it was to all go downhill for the home side when on 43 minutes Kwon Jin-Young picked up his second yellow card of the match and was sent off. This was on reflection the correct decision as the defender went in far too hard for a tackle.

Then with FC Seoul looking to survive as they fight to stay in the K League 1 and not face their first relegation in their history. The away side did fight in the second half and took the advantage of the extra man to score three second-half goals.

The away side have won the K League 1 six times so to even be in this position is not good for the Korean capital side. They appeared to workout in the second half that balls into the box would harm the home side and this is where all three of their goals came from.

First, it was Cho Young-wook, the 19-year-old forward tapped home a cross from Ha Dae-sung on 58 minutes. Then on 78 minutes after some good play from both sides FC Seoul took the lead through a Ko Yo-Han header with this time the cross coming from Kim Dong-Woo. Then just before the end on 89 minutes with the home side looking for a goal, the visitors made it 3-1 through a Jung Hyun-cheol scrappy goal from a few yards out.

Is it game over for Busan

It will now be very hard for the K League 2 side to go to Seoul and win by two clear goals but in football, you never know. We have seen so many times this season how FC Seoul can leak goals so Busan will have to take confidence from that.

The second leg is on Sunday and is well worth a watch, although if you are watching from the UK like me it will be a very early start with the game at 14.10 local time.

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