Gimcheon Sangmu, looking for promotion and the K League 2 title, is looking for an upset in the upcoming final round of the league.
In their 38th round match against Gyeongnam FC in the Hana OneQ K League 2 2023 at the Changwon Football Center on the 11th, Gimcheon was looking to leapfrog into first place with a win, but conceded a late equalizer and ended the match in a 1-1 draw.레모나토토
A win for Busan I-Park, which was playing away to Jeonnam Dragons in Gwangyang a day later, would have eliminated Gimcheon’s chances of winning the title, but on the day, Busan was unable to withstand the playoff-bound Jeonnam’s offense and suffered a 0-3 defeat.
The two teams, who were first and second in the standings with three points, are now separated by one point based on the results of round 38 (first place Busan with 69 points, second place Gimcheon with 68 points), and the standings will change if Gimcheon wins the upcoming final round and Busan does not.
Let’s take a closer look at the number of cases where the two teams are tied for first place with only one point difference, but Gimcheon can’t win the championship on its own because Busan has 70 points compared to Gimcheon’s 49 points.
If Busan fails to win and only draws, Gimcheon can still win the title with a win.
With one more point, they can overtake Busan, which is on 70 points, and Gimcheon’s final opponent is also at home against Seoul Island.
With only one point separating the two teams, even a draw for Gimcheon in the final round would result in a tie for first place, with Gimcheon winning on goal difference.
A win against Gyeongnam would have allowed them to take over the top spot, but with victory slipping from their grasp, head coach Jung Jung-yong said, “I will do my best. It’s my role and the role of the players,” and expressed his intention to not give up until the end.
With one game left in the regular season, Gimcheon will play its final game of the season against Seoul E-Land at 3 p.m. on April 26 in Gimcheon, while Busan will meet Chungbuk Cheongju at home on the same day and time.
If Gimcheon wins, they will earn automatic promotion, while a second-place finish will force a relegation playoff with the 11th-place team in K-League 1.