As many as 8 yellow cards were handed out by referee Song Min-seok, all received by Suwon Bluewings players. This record alone showed which team went into this game with a more earnest heart. As the league progresses, the burden of accumulated warnings may one day affect team play, but there was no time to look back from the standpoint of the Suwon Bluewings, a team that has yet to win in the league.
Compared to Incheon United, who forgot the days of fighting for survival in the first division for quite a long time, the players of Suwon Bluewings, the current bottom team who survived last year’s promotion playoffs dizzyingly, took heavy steps in the rain, but with a more desperate heart, they came together for victory.
Suwon Bluewings, led by Acting Manager Choi Seong-yong, won the long-awaited first league victory by defending captain Lee Gi-je’s wonderful free kick goal in an away game against Incheon United FC in the 2023 K League 1 held at the Incheon Soccer Stadium at 4:30 pm on Children’s Day. .
Captain Lee Gi-je’s 29-meter free-kick winning goal
Although it was raining and windy on the afternoon of Children’s Day, a considerable crowd of 8,637 people came to Incheon’s soccer stadium. In particular, the number of away fans of Suwon Bluewings, who came wearing raincoats, was surprisingly high. As a result, it was a game where many fans of Suwon Bluewings could confirm the worthiness of visiting so that almost all N seats without a roof were filled.In the 14th minute, Incheon United’s Kim Bo-seop, who suddenly started in place of Chun Seong-hun, who was injured during the warm-up before the game, kicked a right-footed shot past Suwon Bluewings’ goalkeeper Yang Hyeong-mo’s fingertips and hit the lower right column. As if this was bad luck for the home team, Incheon United’s goal chants did not break out in the end despite continued attacking opportunities.
Conversely, Suwon Bluewings’ earnest goal came at 29 minutes and 7 seconds. It was a direct free kick opportunity obtained by Kim Bo-kyung. Incheon United’s defensive wall stood in the semicircle of the penalty area, so it was about 29 meters from the goal line, but Suwon Bluewings captain Lee Gi-je’s left-footed kick swayed wonderfully and landed into the left corner. Min Seong-jun, who recently emerged as Incheon United FC’s main goalkeeper, was more than expected, and the ball was shaking and it was a perfect goal with a big drop. ㅋㅋㅋ벳
In the end, the Suwon Bluewings players defended this valuable goal by throwing their whole bodies until the 6th minute of extra time in the second half had passed. In the 58th minute, Incheon United FC goal scorer Hernandez kicked a strong shot with his right foot, and goalkeeper Yang Hyung-mo flew up to his left and it was amazing. threw it and blocked it.
Incheon United FC sent defender Delbridge in the 77th minute to fight for the high ball, but he could not break down the Suwon Bluewings defense wall. Acting head coach Choi Seong-yong, who left after asking new manager Kim Byung-soo to take over the team, replaced midfielder Kim Bo-kyung with center back Koh Myung-seok in the 82nd minute, responding appropriately to the high ball fight and allowing the team to win their first ever league victory.For Suwon Bluewings, it was thrilling to win the regular league (excluding promotion playoffs) after 196 days of winning away game 3-1 against Sangmu Kim on October 22 last year. When referee Song Min-seok blew the final whistle, all Suwon Bluewings field players lay down on the rain-soaked ground and gasped for breath.