Professional soccer’s K League 1 Suwon Samsung has shown a glimmer of hope with a dramatic back-to-back wins to avoid the ‘direct second division’.
Suwon defeated FC Seoul 1-0 away in the 37th round of the Hana OneQ K League 1 2023 Final B at Seoul World Cup Stadium 안전카지노사이트 on Friday. Suwon, with 32 points (35), is still not out of the bottom of the table, but the victory moved them into 11th place, level on points with Suwon FC (32-43), who were held 0-2 by Gangwon earlier in the day, and one point behind Gangwon (33), who jumped to 10th place.
In the K League 1, the bottom of the regular season drops directly to the second division next season, while the 10th and 11th place finishers have a chance to stay up through the promotion playoffs (PO). Suwon held off a late Basani goal in the 18th minute to beat Seoul 1-0. Last-placed Suwon, which would have lost the game and effectively sealed its “direct relegation” without closing the gap to 10th or 11th place, booked a season-ending super match against seventh-placed Seoul to open up the possibility of a promotion playoff (PO) spot.
“I’m glad we got the result,” said Yeom at the post-match press conference, “I’m very happy, but we’ll prepare well for the last game so that the players’ fighting spirit doesn’t end with today’s game.” “I felt good about the players’ attitude, determination, and physical condition while preparing for this match. Seeing the players gave me confidence that we could settle down and do something.”
“Seoul is a team with a strong midfield, and we’ve been training a lot to cut the ball into the center of the field. We did that today and created a lot of chances on the counterattack.” “The players trusted the analysis and followed it. We will try to keep the trust going.”
Suwon will play Gangwon in the final round on March 2 in a “bout of destiny. “We’re still in last place. We don’t have time to think about Gangwon’s situation, we just have to do well,” he said, emphasizing, “We don’t care about the other team’s situation, we just have to produce results with our own strength and avoid relegation.”