Jeonbuk Hyundai hit four to virtually assure final spot

Jeonbuk Hyundai put on a masterclass of attacking football in the first half to smash FC Seoul 4-1 in the AFC Champions League semifinal first leg.

  • Jeonbuk Hyundai 4 FC Seoul 1
  • Leonardo scores from the spot on 22 minutes
  • Ricardo Lopes doubles the advantage four minutes later
  • Leonardo heads a third on 40 minutes
  • Ju Se-jong pulls one back after the break
  • Kim Shin-wook hits Jeonbuk’s fourth on the break

Match summary

Jeonbuk take control after a bright start by FC Seoul and open the scoring from the penalty spot on 22 minutes after Kim Shin-wook is brought down.

Ricardo Lopes adds a second on 26 minutes after a one-two with the giant striker, before Leonardo heads a third after more great work from Ricardo.

FC Seoul hit back straight after the break through Ju Se-jong and dominate the second half, but Jeonbuk break away near the end to score a fourth through Kim Shin-wook.

Full report

FC Seoul had the first opportunity of the game on four minutes after Damjanovic was brought down about 30 yards out, but Kwak Tai-hwi’s fierce free-kick cannoned off the wall to safety.

The game was somewhat scrappy early on as both sides sounded each other out until the 11th minute when Ricardo had Jeonbuk’s first shot on goal from long range after working some space in midfield.

Jeonbuk then hit the bar two minutes later via Park Won-jae after some neat play on the edge of the FC Seoul box from Kim Shin-wook.

The home side then began to take control, and won a penalty in the 22nd minute when Kim Shin-wook was tripped while turning onto a through ball.

Leonardo stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way and put Jeonbuk 1-0 ahead with his seventh goal of the competition.

Jeonbuk were energised by the goal, and duly doubled their lead just four minutes later through Ricardo Lopes, who played a delightful one-two with Kim Shin-wook before finishing from a tight angle through the legs of keeper Yu Sang-hun.

Go Yo-han became the third FC Seoul player to receive a yellow card on 37 minutes after bringing down Leonardo, who almost grabbed a third goal two minutes later with a shot that flashed just wide

Leonardo did make it three five minutes before the break with his second of the game, heading in a cross from Ricardo, who won a race to the ball with Osmar following a flick on from Kim Shin-wook to leave FC Seoul shellshocked at the break.

FC Seoul started the second period needing a lifeline, and wasted no time in finding one when just one minute into the second half Kwak Tae-hwi pumped a high ball forward and Ju Se-jong ran onto the ball and lashed it high into the net.

The goal breathed life into the previous lacklustre FC Seoul, who now looked like a different side, attacking with poise and purpose.

Damjanovic then almost snatched a second for the visitors with a fierce free kick on 52 minutes that the Jeonbuk keeper Kwoun Sun-tae just managed to punch clear.

Five minutes later Adriano lashed a shot agonisingly wide of the post after Lee Seok-hyun chested the ball down in the box.

Jeonbuk were now second best as FC Seoul pushed for a second goal, and went close with a deflected shot from Park Chuyoung on 72 minutes.

Ju Se-jong then fired into the side-netting with 12 minutes left when it looked easier to score after some smart interplay between the FC Seoul frontline.

The visitors continued to press, but it was Jeonbuk who scored the next goal. Kim Shin-wook breaking free onto a through ball in the 84th minute and side-footing the ball past the Yu Sang-hun and into the corner to break FC Seoul’s resistance.