33 min: A nice switch flips Suwon’s left wing back, but Jeonbuk shuffles and rearranges. They are forced to leave for a long time to prevent Antonis from entering the ball in a dangerous part of the field, and Suwon rebuilds at the back.
31 min: Han Kyo-Won with a shot! But he is brought back for offside, the reruns correctly suggest. It was a smart midfielder dart race to open up Suwon’s defense, but just slightly wrong. Still, a warning sign on the side of the house.
25 mins: Suwon again forced to erase their lines. Jeonbuk begins to harass and press his opponents in the center of the park, their five-man midfielder taking advantage on the four-man nominal line from Suwon.
15 mins: Shot of South Korean coach Paulo Bento in the stands, watching. Three is definitely a Portuguese flavor overlooking this match, with Jose Morais – the only foreign coach in the K-League this season – also leaving an impact on Korean football, winning his first national title with Jeonbuk.
14 min: Another early hunter for Jeonbuk – the two sides seem to be content to slowly adjust the speed cameras, but again, no major concerns between the Dong-geon posts.
8 mins: Suwon’s Canadian semi-center Doneil Henry wins a free kick. He may have been lucky there, he almost seems to have lost possession in a danger zone, but the whistle keeps him from blushing.
The big news is that Jeonbuk star rookie Eredivisie, South African forward Lars Veldwijk has stopped short in terms of fitness and will not lead the line for Jose Morais’ team.
South Korea’s rapid response to the state-sponsored coronavirus has paid off in the sense that its people can once again enjoy live football. Not from the terraces, of course, but hey, you can’t have it all.
The K-League was due to start in February, so many of these players will have endured an impatient off-season, similar to the legendary five-month preparations for the A-League. They will be eager to leave, imagine, although two Australians who will be used to months of mountain sprinting are Adam Taggart and Terry Antonis de Suwon, probably in action tonight.
What better way to get things started than two powers in the Korean game: the reigning champions, the Jeonbuk Motors v Suwon Bluewings cup winners. So, turn on the kettle, dust off the headphones that do not cancel the sound of football and repel the beanbag: this is the footer.