Title race in Korea

Photo from Jeonbuk Instagram 

As football returns around Europe, many sides in the K League have now played seven matches of the new season. In Korea, we have seen a pattern and for the second season running, it looks to be a two-horse race between Jeonbuk and Ulsan. 

Jeonbuk are still on top 

At present, after seven matches Jeonbuk sits top of the K League 1 just the one point above title rivals Ulsan. Last season it the league went to the wire as champions Jeonbuk one the league on the final day and this season it could go to the wire if the opening of the season is anything to go by.

The champions once again showed on Tuesday why they're 2019 Korean champions as they won a match by a single goal scored in injury time. This season has already been about the late goal and the wins by the single goal for Jeonbuk.

As taking away their convincing performance and 4-1 win away at FC Seoul its been about professionalism and getting the job done. Despite an impressive squad they have yet to really get fans excited but they are playing in a controlled manner and always look like they will win when they step on the pitch. 

The only blip to this was when at the end of May they where defeated 1-0 by a Gangwon side that have blown hot and cold so far this season. It was a win that came after Jeonbuk defender Hong Jeong-Ho was sent off for a professional foul. 

Ulsan on form 

Today's result for Jeonbuk was more of the same as at times they looked off the pace and this was seen as at the half time they trailed 1-0 thanks to a Lee Seung-Mo header for Pohang Steelers.  They fought back through and won the match with a 91st-minute winner from Kim Min-Hyeok.

As for the title challengers Ulsan it was business as usual as they won 3-0 away to Gangwon. They for sure made much simpler work of their match than Jeonbuk as they won the match with three goals in the final 20 minutes. 

In general, this Ulsan side has looked the most impressive of all sides in Korea this season, the issue they have had was in their slight loss of form they drew with Busan I'Park and Gwangju and these are two matches they should have won. 

Tuesday though was another positive for them and is also saw Bjørn Johnsen grab his first goal for the side as the former Hearts, Den Haag and AZ Alkmaar man scored from the spot late on. 

Next up for Ulsan then is FC Seoul next Saturday then the following week we will see the big one as Ulsan host Jeonbuk. 

Kim Min-Jae to return 

In other news with Jeonbuk as the CSL resumption is still up in the air stories have emerged that the K League 1 side are looking at bringing their former defender Kim Min-Jae back in on loan. 

The Korean international is currently play with Beijing Guoan in China but with no start date for the new season in China, he will be looking to get some game time especially with internationals in October scheduled. 

As the player is currently in Korea this could make the move quite a simple one and it may just see him play with his former club for a few months until the CSL resumes. 

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