BUSAN – The Busan I'Park lost a heartbreaker at home Saturday night, falling to table leaders Jeonbok 3-2, which makes them slip to sixth in the standings.
In a hard-fought contest, Busan was not helped by the officiating, which left players, coaches and supporters visibly and vocally upset throughtout the match. There were 36 fouls during the game, as well as five players booked.
The I'Park opened the game aggresively, and it paid off in the 8th minute when Han Sang-woon tapped in a deflected cross to give Busan the early advantage.
They then dodged a bullet in the 17th minute when Lee Dong-won was called on a questionable pull down in the box, but Jung Sung-hoon's penalty kick sailed over the crossbar to preserve the lead.
They weren't as fortunate though in the 39th minute as Hwang Bo-won blasted a shot past Jeon Sang-wook to level the score at one.
Fagner gave the I'Park the lead once again one minute after the break, off a deflected cross from Han Sang-woon, but moments later the tide shifted in Jeonbok's favor.
Lim Yu-hwan's 55th minute goal seemed clearly offside to equalize, and Jung Sung-hoon's sliding effort past Jeon Sang-wook in the 57th minute secured the three points for the league leaders.
Lim Sang-hyub's heading attempt in the 89th minute into the arms of keeper Kim Min-sik sealed the win for Jeonbok, and resulted in the I'Park's first home defeat in 14 matches this season.