Suwon FC breathed a sigh of relief. Suwon FC came from behind to win 2-1 against Gangwon FC in the 27th round of the Hana OneQ K League 1 2023 at Gangneung Sports Complex on Monday, thanks to a theatrical goal from Yoon Beom-garam in second-half stoppage time. Suwon FC (26 points) picked up three valuable points with the victory, extending their lead over 11th-place Suwon Samsung (22 points) to four points and their gap over last-place Gangwon (20 points) to six points. This season, the bottom of K League 1 will be directly relegated, while 11th place will play the winner of a relegation playoff against the second-place finisher in K League 2 and 10th place will play the winner of a playoff between third and fifth place in K League 2. Suwon FC, who would have faced the worst case scenario with a loss and a one-point gap to the bottom of the table, escaped with the win.
It was a victory made possible by the will of the players. Suwon FC conceded the first goal in the 20th minute when Kang Too-ji (Gangwon) headed in a corner kick. The team was still reeling from the 0-3 loss against Jeju United. Suwon FC players didn’t let up. They blocked Gabriel’s tank-like power with their entire bodies. They created chances around Lee Seung-woo. It paid off in the second half. Three minutes into the second half, Lee Seung-woo equalized the game and Suwon FC continued to pound away at Gangwon’s goal. There were also changes. An injury to Lee Kwang-hyuk and Kim Joo-yeop forced them to use up their substitutes early. Gangwon responded by making four substitutions in the 36th minute of the second half.
But Suwon didn’t go down without a fight. In stoppage time, Lee Young-jae’s corner kick was finished with a half-volley by joker Yoon Beom-garam. Coach Kim Do-gyun prepared Yoon as a late joker due to an intestinal infection, and it proved to be the right move. 소닉카지노
With the win, Suwon FC improved to 7 wins (5 draws, 15 losses) on the season. Five of those wins came against Suwon and Gangwon. Against Suwon, they won three games, and against Gangwon, they won two and drew one. By sweeping the points in the so-called six-point games between the rivals, the team has gained an advantage in the relegation battle. It also gives them a psychological advantage in the more important head-to-heads after the split. Of course, there is still the task of picking up points against other teams, but Suwon FC turned the tables by securing a win in a game between relegation rivals where the impact of a loss would be greater than in any other game.