Busan IPark FC kept themselves in the playoff spots with a 0-0 away at Bucheon FC 1995 this weekend, their second consecutive away draw against a team above them in K League 2. The draw extends Busan’s run to five games without defeat and leaves them in fourth place in the K League 2.
Busan manager Choi Yun-Gyeom continued with his rotation policy making 3 changes from the side who drew dramatically with Asan Mugunghwa FC last week. Busan continued with their 4-3-3 formation with regulars Lee Jong-min, Kim Myoung-jun and Kim Jin-kyu all returning to the team. The Bucheon FC 1995 team included two former Busan players. Brazilians Nilson Junior and Willian Popp. The latter scored 18 goals in his single Busan season.
The first half was a quiet affair with neither team creating many clear cut chances. For the home team Nilson Junior volleyed wide from a free kick and Lee Kwang-jae shot at the goalkeeper after a mazy dribble from the left wing. Busan’s play involved lots of nice one-touch passing around the box but they were unable to work a clear shooting opportunity.
Busan continued their skilful passing game in the second half and almost took an immediate lead. Kim Jin-kyu showing good footwork before playing in Choi Seung-in. The striker cut in past his marker but his shot was then blocked by recovering defender Park Kun.
As the second half progressed, Busan suffered from two injuries. First striker Kim Dong-sub and then shortly after centre back Hong Jin-ki both left the pitch with pulled hamstrings.
As the game neared its end, Busan pushed hard for a winner. In the 85th minute, Kim Jin-kyu linked well with substitute Han Ji-ho who brought the ball down with his chest before his shot was saved by goalkeeper Choi Cheol-won. Two minutes later, the same pair linked up again, this time beating 3 defenders between the two of them before Kim Jin-kyu’s shot was saved.
After scoring in injury time last week, Busan once again pushed hard for a late goal with Lee Jae-keun, Romulo and Kim Hyun-sung all having late efforts but Busan were unable to snatch the victory.
The draw drops Bucheon to third and leaves Busan in fourth. Busan’s next game is away to FC Anyang on Wednesday 6th June. Their next home game is against Daejeon Citizen on July 1st.