(SEOUL) By Kim Dong-chan = FC Anyang jumped from fifth to second place in the professional soccer K League 2 after catching leaders Gimcheon Sangmu.
Anyang won 2-0 at home against Gimcheon in the 24th round of the Hana OneQ K League 2 2023 at Anyang Sports Complex in Gyeonggi Province on Oct. 31.
With 11 wins, five draws, six losses, and 38 points, Anyang jumped from fifth place to second place before the game.
Third-ranked Gyeongnam FC and fourth-ranked Busan I-Park also have 38 points, but the order of finish is reversed with Anyang, Gyeongnam, and Busan scoring 38, 37, and 30 goals, respectively.
Gimcheon, who were looking for their third straight win, fell short against Anyang, but remained at the top of the table with 42 points (13 wins, 3 draws, and 6 losses).
After a 0-0 first half, the two teams heated up the stadium in the early stages of the second half, creating crucial chances.
In the third minute of the second half, Anyang’s Bruno had a shot on goal that was ruled offside, and in the sixth minute of the second half, Gimcheon’s Lee Jun-seok’s mid-range shot hit the post.
In the end, Anyang took a 1-0 lead on a header by Kim Hyung-jin in the 15th minute and added a second in the 22nd minute with a right-footed shot from inside the penalty area.
Gimcheon’s Cho Young-wook, who would have set a new K League 2 record for most consecutive games with a goal in a match with his eighth consecutive goal, was unable to find the back of the net.
He had a free kick directly in front of the penalty area near the end of second-half stoppage time, but was unable to capitalize on his last chance as the ball floated away.
The match between Seoul Eland and Chungnam Asan Mokdong ended in a scoreless draw.
Chungnam Asan is in 10th place with 27 points (7 wins, 6 draws, 10 losses), 고스톱 while Lee Land is in 11th place with 26 points (7 wins, 5 draws, 10 losses).