Fans and players became one again.

Jeonbuk Hyundai and FC Seoul drew 1-1 with Gustavo and Park Dong-jin each scoring a goal in the KEB Hana Bank K-League round 11 match at Seoul World Cup Stadium at 2:00 pm on Friday the 5th. 

Seoul, which added 1 point, kept second place with 20 points (6 wins, 2 draws, 3 losses), overtaking Pohang Steelers (19 points), who played one less game. Likewise, Jeonbuk, with 1 point, kept 10th place ahead of Gangwon FC (2 wins, 5 draws, 4 losses), which had one game less, with 11 points (3 wins, 2 draws, 6 losses).

For Jeonbuk, Gustavo scored the first goal 11 seconds into the game. Seoul counterattacked, and in the 32nd minute of the second half, Na Sang-ho’s cross was replaced by Park Dong-jin, who finished it off with a header. No further goals were scored and both teams had to settle for a draw.

From Jeonbuk’s point of view, it was a game that should not be destroyed by any means. The atmosphere has been good lately, but the situation of the players has not been good either. In the aftermath of the previous game, Kim Moon-hwan and Hong Jeong-ho could not come out, but then, due to injury, the squad was largely absent. After watching the announcement of the lineup before the game, there was also an evaluation that the Seoul lineup felt more weighty than the Jeonbuk lineup in the field.

A game that is expected to be a struggle in many ways. However, there was a special scene before the game started. The support of Jeonbuk fans, who had been boycotting this season. Even before the start of the game, Jeonbuk fans cheered and cheered the players with one voice.

When Gustavo scored the opening goal 11 seconds into the game, Jeonbuk fans continued to cheer even louder. For a moment, I had the illusion that it was Jeonju Castle instead of Sangam Bee. Jeonbuk fans who came to the Seoul expedition for 90 minutes on this day sang cheering songs such as ‘Orele’, ‘As long as the heart beats’, and ‘Let’s move forward’. 크크크벳

The players also ran while listening to the cheers of the fans. Although the squad was not strong, most of the players who participated tried their best to win, defending with all their bodies and trying to catch the ball. It was a draw, but considering the atmosphere and squad of Jeonbuk, it was a result that made Jeonbuk laugh.

In a way, it was Jeonbuk-like that I hadn’t seen in a long time. It was a game in which the fans cheered and the players reciprocated with fighting spirit. It was a game worthy of applause and praise from the Jeonbuk fans who first opened their hearts to cheer and the players who listened to it and took a step further despite the difficult situation.

Cheolsoon Choi, a veteran of Jeonbuk, whom we met in the Mixed Zone after the match, emphasized, “It is true that we cannot show the image of Jeonbuk this season. In the future, we must all work together to improve.”

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