Kim Joo-chan, who scored the winning goal in the Suwon derby, said he was desperate for the victory.
Suwon came from behind to win the Hana OneQ K League 1 2023 Round 36 ‘Suwon Derby’ against Suwon FC 3-2 at 안전카지노사이트 Suwon Sports Complex on Wednesday.
Suwon conceded a goal in the 30th minute through Hugo Gomes after Kazuki was sent off in the first half, but Acosti equalized in first-half stoppage time. After taking the lead through Ahn Byung-jun in the eighth minute of the second half, Suwon conceded again seven minutes later through Kim Hyun. Yeom made an aggressive substitution and Kim Ju-chan scored the dramatic winner in the 33rd minute.
Suwon managed to hold on for the three points despite being one man short. They are still in 12th place (7 wins, 8 draws, 21 losses – 29 points), the bottom of the standings. However, it is significant that they closed the gap on 11th-placed Gangwon to one point (5 wins, 15 draws, 16 losses – 30 points).
Kim Joo-chan is an U-22 reserve, but he burst onto the scene with a crucial goal in the Suwon derby. This is his first season as a professional, and with five goals in 23 games, he has joined Ahn Byung-jun as Suwon’s top scorers.
Speaking after the game, Kim Joo-chan said, “I thought it would be a tough game today, and it was as expected. We didn’t back down just because it was a tough game, and the players tried to play to the end with one mind and one heart, so we were able to win today’s game.”
After the goal, Kim went straight to the Suwon supporters’ section and roared with the fans. “There were times when we kept scoring goals and times when we kept conceding. I felt like I had finished, so I ran to the fans,” he said.
Each of Kim’s five goals proved to be decisive, giving his team the winning points. “I’m grateful,” he said, “that they believe in me and let me play even though I’m a rookie. Every time I step on the field, I prepare myself the same way. I tell myself, ‘I’m going to play like hell today, I’m going to work hard, and I’m going to come out.’ That gives me confidence and I feel like I can score goals,” he said.
“(My brothers) trust me to do well on the field. I trust them, I trust the other players. I’m grateful that I was lucky enough to contribute to a goal or a win,” he added.
Kazuki’s ejection midway through the first half proved to be a major factor in the game. “I thought it would be tough before the game, but I thought it would be even tougher with Kazuki’s ejection,” Kim said. I think we won because the players didn’t give up and played like they were dying to win.”