After coming off the bench to score a late equaliser away at leaders Seongnam on Saturday, Kim Seon-cheol repeated the trick on Wednesday to resign Busan IPark to their fourth consecutive draw, this time against basement side Anyang. Busan are now unbeaten in six games but will be wondering how they failed to win this after dominating the game.
Busan made three changes for their third game in ten days, although two of these were enforced after injures to Kim Dong-sub and Hong Jin-ki against Bucheon on Saturday. Jeong Ho-jeong, Han Ji-ho and Kim Hyun-sung all came into the team. Anyang made two changes, including losing their top scorer Wesley Alex to injury.
IPark started the brighter team with their front three of Kim Hyun-sung, Han Ji-ho and Kim Jin-kyu causing problems for the Anyang defence. However, it was Anyang who took the lead in the 36th minute with their only attempt of the first half. A Busan short corner was cleared and a quick counter attack found Brazilian midfielder Marcos Antonio, whose inch-perfect through ball found Choi Jae-hoon to finish confidently into the bottom corner.
Busan continued to play the better football and could have equalised shortly after when right back Lee Jong-min linked up with Han Ji-ho, but the winger’s shot only found the side netting from a tight angle.
Busan did equalise right on the stroke of half time. More good play down the right-hand side ended with a superb turn in the box from Han Ji-ho. Although his shot was blocked, the ball wasn’t cleared properly. From the same attack, Kim Hyun-sung was then tackled in the box with the ball falling to Kim Jin-kyu who turned and hit a first time left footed half-volley into the top corner for his fourth goal of the season which takes him to the top of Busan’s scoring chart.
Just minutes after the restart, Busan almost took the lead. Lee Jae-kwon’s excellent through ball found Han Ji-ho who crossed first time from the left wing. Midfielder Ko Kyung-min beat the goalkeeper to the ball but could only head wide with the goal gaping.
Ko Kyung-min redeemed himself midway through the second half, rising highest to meet Romulo’s corner and power a header into the roof of the net in the 66th minute to make it 2-1 to Busan.
Despite being bottom of the league, Anyang had picked up 7 points from their previous 3 games, showing that they’re no pushovers. With less than ten minutes left, Kim Young-do found youngster Kim Jin-rae whose low cross evaded the defence for substitute Kim Seon-cheol to tap in at the far post to the elation of the home crowd.
Busan almost won the game at the death when Kim Dong-jun’s cross found Han Ji-ho but his goal-bound header was saved brilliantly by Jeon Soo-hyun to salvage a draw for Anyang.
A point keeps Busan in fourth place, with their final game before the World Cup break on Sunday away at leaders Seongnam. Busan IPark’s next home game is Sunday July 1st against Daejeon Citizen.