Second-place Gimcheon also beat Gimpo 2-0… Jeonnam , which is 2 points behind first place with 2 games remaining,
defeated its rival Cheongju, North Chungcheong Province 3-0… I keep hoping for Jun-PO
Busan I’Park of Pro Football K-League 2 achieved a thrilling comeback win over Bucheon FC, taking one step closer to returning to the first division after four years.
Busan defeated Bucheon 2-1 in the home game of the 37th round of Hana One Q K League 2 2023 held at Busan Asiad Main Stadium on the 29th.
As a result, the points of leader Busan (20 wins, 9 draws, 5 losses) rose to 69.
The point gap with 2nd place Gimcheon Sangmu (67 points, 21 wins, 4 draws, 9 losses), which defeated Gimpo FC in the subsequent game, was maintained at 2.
With two games left until the end of the season, Busan maintained an advantageous position in this round as well.
If Busan, who finished last in K League 1 in 2020 and slipped to the second division, wins the championship, they will return to the first division for the first time in four years.
This year’s K-League 2 winning team will be automatically promoted to K-League 1, and the 2nd-place team will challenge for promotion by playing a promotion playoff (PO) against the 11th-place team in K-League 1.
On the other hand, Bucheon (15 wins, 9 draws, 11 losses, 54 points) maintained 4th place, but was unable to widen the gap with 5th place Gyeongnam FC (53 points) and 6th place Jeonnam Dragons (50 points).
The first to laugh was Bucheon, who scored a lucky goal.
In the 29th minute of the first half, captain Kim Ho-nam’s mid-distance shot from the corner of the penalty area was deflected by Lim Min-hyuk and was sucked into the goal, drawing a trajectory that the goalkeeper could not handle.
Busan, who reorganized their line at halftime, went on the offensive from the beginning of the second half, and it paid off by scoring two goals.
In the 24th minute of the second half, Busan tied the score with Choi Jun’s consolation goal, but was fouled by Jeong Hee-woong for a handball while trying to block a cross. In the 40th minute of the second half, Lamas calmly scored a penalty kick and achieved a comeback.
Gimcheon, aiming for a last-minute comeback victory, beat Gimpo FC 2-0 at home and secured second place.
As the point difference with 3rd place Gimpo (59 points, 16 wins, 11 draws, 7 losses) became 8, there were no cases of the rankings being reversed in the remaining two games.
The balance between the two teams, which was tied 0-0, tilted toward Gimcheon in the 3rd minute of the second half when Lee Jun-seok scored.
When Kim Jin-gyu put a cross in front of the goal, Lee Jun-seok jumped in and pushed it in to make it 1-0.
Kim Jin-gyu scored a goal himself in the 30th minute of the second half, putting a wedge in the game.
Jeonnam Province continued its hopes of advancing to the semi-PO by defeating Chungbuk Cheongju FC 3-0 at home.
Jeonnam, with 15 wins, 5 draws, and 14 losses, reached the 50-point mark and took 6th place. In K-League 2, the 5th-place team plays a semi-PO with the 4th-place team and then faces the 3rd-place team, and the winning team plays the 10th-place team in K League 1 again.
Currently in 5th place is Gyeongnam FC (14 wins, 11 draws, 9 losses, 53 points), with a 3 point difference with Jeonnam. With two games left until the end of the season, there is still a possibility of a comeback for Jeonnam depending on the results of the remaining schedule.
On the other hand, Cheongju, North Chungcheong Province 굿모닝토토(8th place, 12 wins, 12 draws), which stopped at 48 points, suffered its 10th loss of the season and its chances of advancing to the semi-PO dropped significantly.
In the 37th minute of the first half, Valdivia, who broke through the left flank, sent a cross with his right foot, and Plana finished with a left-footed volley, hitting the net.
In the 5th minute of the second half, Lee Yong-jae, who received a penetrating pass from Valdivia, saw goalkeeper Park Dae-han advancing to narrow the angle and flicked the ball in to make it 2-0.
13 minutes later, Hanam headed a cross from Valdivia’s corner kick, which hit Noh Geon-woo in front of the goal and crossed the goal line to make the score 3-0.