Gimcheon Sangmu ‘revived the championship spark’, will they win the K League 2 upset?
It’s not over until it’s over.
Gimcheon Sangmu’s chances of winning the K League 2 title have been revived.
According to the Gimcheon Sangmu Professional Football Club on the 13th, Gimcheon drew 1-1 away against 온라인카지노 Gyeongnam FC at the Changwon Football Center on the 11th.
The draw ended Gimcheon’s five-game winning streak, and the team’s chances of winning the K League 2 title seemed slim.
However, the very next day, on the 12th, there was good news for Gimcheon.
K-League 2 leader Busan lost to Jeonnam 0-3 and failed to clinch the title.
Jeonnam’s victory was all the more welcome as a Busan win would have clinched the title early, regardless of the remaining matches.
Gimcheon could have lost the K League 2 title regardless of the outcome of their game against Seoul Eland on the 26th.
In a fortunate twist of fate, Gimcheon extended their championship chances to the final round and will have to go all out in 39R.
At this point, Gimcheon can’t win the title on their own.
Gimcheon will need to win or draw and wait to see what happens in Busan.
With one game remaining, only one point separates first-place Busan (69 points) from second-place Gimcheon (68 points).
Everything could change in the final round.
Busan has bad memories when it comes to last-minute upsets.
They were upset in the final round of the 2020 K League One playoffs.
Even then, with two games left in the regular season against Incheon and Seongnam, a draw against Incheon would have been enough to secure their spot.
In the final game against Seongnam, a draw would have been enough to stay up, but an upset loss confirmed their relegation.
They went from being the favorite to stay up to being the most painful relegation team.
Of course, staying in K League 1 and winning K League 2 are not completely in line, but Gimcheon has a slight advantage based on their record.
Gimcheon will play a home game against Seoul Eland FC at Gimcheon Sports Complex at 3 p.m. on the 29th, and Busan will play a home game against Chungbuk Cheongju FC at the Busan Asiad at the same time.
Gimcheon is determined to win in order to proceed with the championship ceremony with the cheers of the fans at home.
Gimcheon has a slight advantage against Lee Land.
They have two wins against them this season, scoring five goals and conceding zero.
The 11th-ranked team has no chance of advancing to the POs.
On the other hand, Busan, which faces Chungbuk Cheongju, has two wins and two draws this season.
Gimcheon has reason to be hopeful in Chungcheongbuk-do, as Busan is coming off a crushing 38R loss to Jeonnam, a team they’ve trailed in both the all-time series and their last 10 matches.
There are many scenarios in which Gimcheon can pull off the upset.
If Gimcheon wins against Eland, their chances of winning the title increase somewhat.
If Busan draws or loses to Cheongju, Gimcheon will win the upset.
If Gimcheon draws with Lee Land, Busan must lose to allow Gimcheon to win the title on goal difference.
If Busan manages a draw or better, the trophy will go to Busan.
In all other cases, Busan will win.
In particular, if Busan wins against Chungbuk Cheongju, it will clinch the title on its own, regardless of Gimcheon’s result.
Gimcheon can only hope to beat Eland and wait for the will of the heavens.
Gimcheon head coach Jung Jung-yong said, “We will do our best in the last home game and prepare for a good result with our fans. Regardless of the number of cases, we will do our best to achieve the beauty of Yujong.”