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FC Seoul wins 2010 K-League championship

All Headlines 16:31 December 05, 2010

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, Dec. 5 (Yonhap) -- FC Seoul captured the championship for the top division South Korean professional football league Sunday, defeating Jeju United 2-1 in Game 2 of the K-League finals at Seoul World Cup Stadium.

Brazilian defender Adilson Batista broke the 1-1 deadlock in the 72nd minute to give Seoul its first K-League crown since 2000. Seoul and Jeju drew 2-2 in the first game on Jeju Island on Wednesday. In the home-and-away K-League championship series, winners are determined on aggregate score after a game each on contestants' home pitch.

In the 72nd minute, FC Seoul's Server Djeparov from the left wing crossed for Adilson, who's affectionately called Adi by Seoul fans, and the defender headed in the game winner.

FC Seoul overcame a questionable call that wiped out what would have been its first goal. In the 10th minute, forward Dejan Damjanovic scored on a rebound following a Kim Chi-woo shot, but Damjanovic was called offside. And it was Jeju that got on board first, taking advantage of a miscue by Seoul goalkeeper Kim Yong-dae in the 25th minute.

Kim bobbled the pass from his own defender Hyun Young-min, and Jeju's Bae Ki-jong pounced on the loose ball and set up Santos for a left-foot strike, making it 1-0 for Jeju.

But FC Seoul pulled even just three minutes later. Jung Jo-gook scored on a penalty after getting fouled by Jeju defender Ma Chul-jun.

After Adilson's score, Jeju appeared to tie the game in the 74th but Santos was called offside on the play.

Nelo Vingada, FC Seoul's head coach from Portugal, won the trophy in his first season in South Korea. He is the first K-League coach in 19 years to win the title in his first year. FC Seoul also won the auxillary K-League Cup tournament earlier this season.

There were 56,759 fans on hand at the 66,000-seat Seoul World Cup Stadium to watch FC Seoul lift the trophy. It set the new attendance record for a K-League postseason match.

Jeju United's Cinderella run was stopped in the championship series. The club was only ranked 14th among 15 clubs last season but finished second in the regular season in 2010. Jeju then defeated the defending champion Jeonbuk Motors in the third round of the playoffs last week to reach the championship round.

In Game 1, Jeju blew a 2-0 lead in the second half and gave up the last-minute tying goal to Seoul midfielder Kim Chi-woo.


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