Thursday, 11 October 2012

Life is like a box of chocolates

The unpredictable nature of Daejeon Citizen was for all to see again over the last two fixtures.

The first game was an away trip to Gwangju. Daejeon fell a goal behind in the ninth minute but a Kevin header restored parity only four minutes later. There is little else to say about the rest of the game besides the fact fact that from then on in, it turned into a boring stalemate with neither team willing to take any risks. There were no real chances of note and both team seemed content with a draw. The point extended Daejeons unbeaten run to four games but there was a definite feeling of relief when the final whistle was blown.

Goal of the season contender
The following fixture at home to Gangwon could not have been in greater contrast. The game contained everything, a relegation 6 pointer that had 2 hat tricks, 2 world class goals, a come back, and a sending off. It will rival the historic home win against Suwon as game of the season.

Skipper, 2 assists and hat trick hero
Daejeon took an early lead when Kevin, captaining the side, headed down a long ball for Terra to smash home on the volley from the edge of the box. It was a stunning strike that will be a contender for goal of the season.

Romanian play maker Zicu brought Gangwon level after his shot took a wicked deflection, completely wrong footing the keeper.

However, Daejeon went in to half time with a two goal advantage, thanks to a double from Kevin. Showing the instincts that have made him far and away the teams leading scorer this season he first slotted home after a goalkeeping error, then cleverly steered home another after a left wing pull back sending the Purple Army crazy.
A magical left foot

However, there is no team quite as good as Daejeon Citizen at bringing their fans back down to earth with a bump. Within seconds of the restart Zicu pulled a goal back, then following some shambolic defending and three ricochets Zicu pulled Gangwon level and completed his hat trick. He showed the technique guile and killer instinct that has at times been missing from the Daejeon attack this season.

The drama was was far from over, and refusing to be out done Kevin completed his hat trick with a smart header, and his 15th goal of the season, in the 62nd minute. The game should in fact have been stopped during the build up as two balls were on the pitch but there was no denying the quality of Kevins header, steering the ball back across goal into the far corner.

The game was not finished yet though. In the 83rd minute left back Kim received his second yellow card after blocking a quick free kick and kicking the ball away. Being reduced to ten men put all the Citizen fans on edge.

The final twist came in the 89th minute, when Kevin played Han Kyung In free down the right wing for him to fire home a shot from the edge of the box, flying past the keeper into the far corner, sealing a 5-3 victory. It was Hans first goal of the season and one he will remember for a long time.

It was an incredible game and a vital win, and one that clearly meant a lot to the team by the way they celebrated after the final whistle.The result means Daejeon are now 5 games unbeaten, having not lost a game since the league split in two. With Sangju having forfeited the league The Citizens are now 10 points clear of relegation, with 6 points still to be awarded for automatic wins against Sangju.

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