BUSAN – The Busan I'Park blew their chance at victory when they drew 1-1 at home against Gwangju in Hyundai Oilbank K League action Saturday night at the Busan Asiad World Cup Stadium.
Gwangju were playing under duress in their first game back since the match fixing scandal which rocked the K League this week, when their keeper Sung Kyung-mo was arrested for accepting a 100 million won bribe to throw a match earlier in the season.
Of the incident, Busan I’Park FC manager Ahn Ik-soo said, “Players must understand that they themselves are the ultimate victims of match fixing. If a player rigs a match, his fellow players are the first to find out. That’s why players themselves have to actively look for and inform on match fixers.”
Gwangju threatened early in the match, as some uncharacteric sloppy defensive play by the I'Park led to three early chances in the first 15 minutes, but sharp goaltending by Jeon Sang-wook didn't allow Gwangju to capatilize.
Han Ji-ho had I'Park's first chance in the 23rd minute, on a beautiful pass from Lim Sang-hyup, only to be denied by keeper Park Ho-jin.
The second chance came in the 27th minute, but Lee Jung-ho's header off a Park Jong-ho corner was just off target.
Lim Sang-hyup finally broke the deadlock after the hour off a superb cross from . The 64th minute header was his third of the season.
The I'Park took control offensively in the second half, and Lee Jung-ho nearly doubled the lead in the 74th minute, only to be denied again by Park Ho-jin on a low shot which nearly got away from him.
Lim Sang-hyup then nearly made it a double two minutes later, but his shot off a Park Tae-min cross hit the top off the crossbar.
Hong Sung-yo saw a straight red card for a hit in the 86th minute, which gave Gwangju the opportunity to level, but their free kick was blocked, and they failed to get a quality shot on goal.
Unfortunately, Joao Paulo scored a last second goal on a blistering shot to break Jeon Sang-wok's clean sheet to level the score at one all.
By Jeff Liebsch