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(LEAD) Defending champ Jeonbuk claim season opener over FC Seoul

All News 18:33 March 12, 2016

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JEONJU, South Korea, March 12 (Yonhap) -- Two-time defending champion Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors defeated visiting FC Seoul 1-0 Saturday in their first match of the 2016 K League Classic football season.

Forward Kim Shin-wook headed in the winner in the 62nd minute at Jeonju World Cup Stadium in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province, as Jeonbuk began their quest for a third consecutive championship.

Kim, last year's scoring champion acquired from Ulsan Hyundai FC, is one of several big names to join Jeonbuk this past offseason. The lanky forward made an immediate impact, as he put his head on a Lee Jae-sung corner kick in the second half.

Jeonbuk then played lockdown defense on FC Seoul to preserve the clean sheet victory before a record crowd.

Jeonbuk said 32,695 fans flocked to Jeonju World Cup Stadium to set a new attendance record for a season opener. The previous mark was set in July 2002, when Jeonbuk and Seoul drew 31,520 fans at Jeonju.

Elsewhere on opening day, Seongnam FC blanked the visiting Suwon Samsung Bluewings 2-0. Midfielder Kim Do-heon opened the scoring in the 48th and Tiago doubled the lead seven minutes later.

Suwon outshot Seongnam 9-7 but failed to get on board.

In the last match on Saturday, host Pohang Steelers and Gwangju FC ended in a 3-3 draw after a slugfest at Pohang Steel Yard in Pohang, North Gyeongsang Province.

Gwangju led 2-0 with forward Jung Jo-gook scoring both goals, first in the 16th and in the 65th.

Pohang got one back with Yang Dong-hyen's mid-range strike in the 87th, and Shim Dong-woon leveled the score for the home side with a shot from the penalty mark in the 90th minute.

Hwang Ji-soo completed an improbable comeback by redirecting a Lazar Veselinovic cross into the net in the 92nd minute.

The match took another dramatic turn in its dying seconds, as Gwangju's Lee Jong-min was fouled in Pohang's box by defender Kim Dae-ho.

Kim Jeong-hyeon stepped up and converted the penalty to cap off the wild match.


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