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Gangwon, 4 points behind 12th-placed Suwon, Jeju on verge of staying in top flight

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Gwangju aims for ACLE qualification, draws 1-1 with Daegu

Eleventh-ranked Gangwon FC, who are battling to avoid relegation to the second tier of professional soccer in the Korean Football League (K League 1), opened up a gap on 12th-ranked Suwon Samseong with a win away to Daejeon. Jeju United picked up a point to stay in the top flight. Gwangju FC also picked up a point and moved a step closer to qualifying for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League Elite (ACLE).

Gangwon defeated Daejeon Hana Citizen 1-0 away from home in the 36th round of the Hana One Q K League 1 2023 at Daejeon World Cup Stadium on Nov. 11.

With the win, Gangwon escaped a five-match winless streak (three draws and two losses) and remained in 11th place with 30 points from five wins, 15 draws and 16 losses. The gap to 12th-place Suwon (26 points) widened to four points, while the gap to 10th-place Suwon FC (32 points) was reduced to two points.

Daejeon, which was unbeaten in six matches (2W, 4D), remained in eighth place with 11W, 14D, 11L, and 47 points with the loss.

Eleventh-ranked Gangwon, who are battling bottom 12 Suwon to avoid automatic relegation to the second tier, looked to score early in the match but were unable to find the back of the net. In the 22nd minute, Yoo In-su's right-footed mid-range shot narrowly missed the target. In the 27th minute, Wellington's header was blocked by Daejeon goalkeeper Lee Chang-geun.

After starting the second half at 0-0, Gangwon missed a great chance to score in the 11th minute of the second half. After receiving a pass from Kim Dae-won, Shin Min-woo's shot was caught in the hands of Lee Chang-geun. Wellington, who was rushing forward, tried again with his left foot, but his shot hit the side netting.

In the 24th minute of the second half, Kangwon opened the scoring. Lee Jung-hyeop cut the ball back inside the penalty box, and Kim Dae-won split the goal with a ground-ball shot aimed at the opposite goalpost. It was Kim's fourth goal of the season.

Daejeon missed a chance to equalize in the 38th minute. Kim In-gyun attempted a mid-range shot that hit the foot of the Gangwon defense and went wide of the goal. Four minutes into stoppage time, Masa's right-footed mid-range shot also sailed over the bar. Gangwon ended the match 1-0.

The match between Jeju United and FC Seoul at Jeju World Cup Stadium ended in a 0-0 draw.

Jeju remained unbeaten in three matches (W1 D2 L2). They remain in ninth place with 40 points from 10 wins, 10 draws, and 16 losses. The gap between the relegation zone and 10th-place Suwon FC (32 points) has widened to eight points. If Suwon FC wins all three of their remaining matches, they will have 41 points. As such, Jeju only needs two points from their remaining two matches to secure top spot on their own.

Seoul, who were on a two-game winning streak, had to settle for a draw. They remain in seventh place with 54 points from 14 wins, 12 draws and 10 losses.

After a 0-0 first half, both teams continued to work on offense, but goals didn't come easily. Seoul's Na Sang-ho fired off several shots, but none were on target.

Seoul missed a golden opportunity in the 26th minute of the second half. After Han Seung-gyu's breakthrough, Ilyuchenko pushed the ball into the goal, but he was ruled offside.

Jeju wasted a chance in the 30th minute of the second half. Kim Ju-gong rushed into the box and tried to shoot, but the ball went over the crossbar. In the end, the match ended goalless.

The match between Daegu FC and Gwangju FC at DGB Daegu Bank Park ended in a 1-1 draw.

Daegu snapped a two-game losing streak. They remain in sixth place with 50 points from 12 wins, 14 draws, and 10 losses.

Gwangju, who had just lost to Incheon United, had to settle for a point. They remain in third place with 16 wins, 10 draws and 10 losses and 58 points. To maintain their third place in the league with an ACLE spot at stake, they need to hold off the chase from fourth-placed Jeonbuk Hyundai (53 points) and fifth-placed Incheon United (52 points). Gwangju can qualify for the ACLE in the 2024-2025 season on their own with five points from their remaining two matches.

The visitors struck first in the 18th minute. After receiving a pass from Lee Kang-hyun, Georgia's Becca scored her second goal of the season with a right-footed mid-range shot.

The home team equalized in the 40th minute. Kim Kang-san headed in a corner kick from Hong Chul. It was Kim's K League 1 debut goal.

Daegu missed a chance to take the lead in the 38th minute of the second half. After receiving a pass from Ko Jae-hyun, Vasellus had a one-on-one opportunity with the goalkeeper, but his shot was blocked by Lee Jun. The game ended in a 1-1 draw with no further goals. 토토사이트

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