K-League 2 Anyang, final goal in late added time…’Silent hope for PO’

Professional soccer’s K League 2 FC Anyang scored a dramatic late goal in stoppage time to keep its hopes of qualifying for the K League 2 Playoffs (PO) alive.

Anyang won 3-2 away from home against Ansan Greeners in the 38th round of the Hana OneQ K League 2 2023 at Ansan Wa Stadium in Gyeonggi Province on Wednesday.

Anyang, which has won two consecutive matches, is in sixth place with 14 wins, nine draws and 12 losses and 51 points.

Anyang can beat Cheonan City FC in the final round on Oct. 26 and become the fifth team to qualify for the promotion PO (third through fifth in the league) if current fourth-place Gyeongnam FC or fifth-place Bucheon FC (both with 54 points or more) lose in the final round.

Anyang, which took a 2-1 lead through Kim Dong-jin’s goal in the 36th minute of the second half, conceded an equalizer to Ansan’s Shin Jae-hyuk in the 49th minute, and it looked as if its chances of advancing to the promotion PO this season would remain intact.

Shin Jae-hyuk, the son of former national team coach Shin Tae-yong, scored his first goal of the season with a dramatic equalizer in the 49th minute.

With seven minutes of second-half stoppage time already expired, Bruno scored an even more thrilling comeback goal for Anyang.

After the ball bounced once on the ground from a throw-in on the left flank, he immediately connected with a right-footed volley to make it 3-2.

Ansan, which suffered its fourth straight defeat, remained at the bottom of the table in 13th place (22 points).

At Cheonan Stadium, 10-man home side Cheonan played out a 0-0 draw with Gimpo FC, who have already clinched a spot in the promotion PO.

Gimpo remained in third place (60 points), while Cheonan remained in 12th place (25 points).

The winner of the Cheonan-Ansan ‘battle for the bottom spot’ will be determined in the final round.

If Cheonan loses to Anyang and Ansan wins against Seongnam in the final round, goal difference leader Ansan will move up to 12th place, while Cheonan will finish its inaugural season in last place.

Cheonan had a difficult time on the day as Lee Jae-won was sent off in the 14th minute of the first half and 25th minute of the second half for accumulating cautions.

However, the match ended in a draw as Gimpo, which was outshot 12 to 4, was unable to score in the end. 파워볼사이트

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