KENYA BROWN - Monday, November 25, 2019
The battle for the K League 1 title will go down to the final weekend of the season as Mix Diskerud and Ulsan Hyundai shared the points with Jeonbuk Motors on Saturday.
Ulsan Hyundai 1-1 Jeonbuk Motors
Davy Bulthuis' second-half goal saved K League 1 leaders Ulsan Hyundai from as they saved a point against second-place Jeonbuk Motors at a packed Ulsan Stadium in a much-anticipated clash.
Mix Diskerud started the game for Ulsan and played 69 minutes as they will have to do a little more work to win their first league title in more than a decade.
Jeonbuk had the early advantage in the first half and came very close to scoring 11 minutes into the contest when Lee Dong-Gook fired a shot from distance. It beat Ulsan goalkeeper Kim Seung-Gyu, but the ball ricocheted off the bar to keep the game scoreless.
The host responded with their own opportunity at the other end when Bulthuis' header from a corner kick was on target, but Song Bum-Keun was able to scoop the ball up.
It was a very tense 45 minutes as both teams tried to find that opening goal, but they both headed to their respective dressing rooms with the game still scoreless.
But things turned exciting in the second half as Jeonbuk finally broke the deadlock with a strike from Kim Jin-Su in the 50th minute. Ricardo Lopes flicked the ball into the direction of the left-back and his volleyed effort ended up in the back of the net after hitting the inside of the post. It was goal that could have turned not only the game, but the host's season on its head as they were put under pressure to respond.
The visitors then had a chance to double their lead five minutes later from a free-kick, but Kim Seung-Gyu did well to parry the ball away from danger.
Ulsan were in desparation for the equalizer as they could find no way to get past Jeonbuk backline. But their prayers were answered in the 71st minute when Lee Myung-Jae's high ball in the area found Bulthuis and the Dutchman headed the ball into the back of the net to the delight of the fans on hand.
Both teams pushed for the game-winner near the end, but it would finish in a tie as the chase for the title heads to next weekend.
Ulsan remains on top of the standings with 79 points.
The Tigers now face a must-win as they will face the Pohang Steelers in their final game of the season at home.