The “Super Final” completes the 2016 Football Season here in South Korea, with K League Champions FC Seoul taking on rivals Suwon Bluewings over 2 legs. The 2016 Korean FA Cup (fa컵) started back at beginning of March with sides from across the country entering the 20th anniversary competition. The winners win a place in the 2017 Asian Champions League Group Stage, so it’s the final chance for Suwon Bluewings to salvage something from their poor season (K League 4th placed side Ulsan will enter the Champions League if Seoul win).
The first leg ended 2-1 with Suwon Bluewings taking a the lead going into the 2nd leg. FC Seoul however scored a vital away goal. FULL DETAILS HERE
The game kicks off at 1.30pm on Saturday December 3rd, at the Seoul World Cup Stadium.
FC Seoul vs. Suwon Bluewings – Korean FA Cup 2016 Final 2nd Leg Preview;
These sides have had completely different seasons, FC Seoul won the K League Classic on the final day of the season and also made the semi-finals of the Asian Champions League. Whilst Suwon Bluewings finished the K League Season safe but were deep in the relegation battle a few weeks before the conclusion of the season, they also crashed out of the Champions League during the group stages. Here are brief previews for each side;
Won the K League Classic title on the final day of the season beating defending Champions Jeonbuk Hyundai (the title win was thanks partly to Jeonbuk’s 10 point deduction). Seoul are the FA Cup’s reigning champions (they’ve won it twice in their history), but haven’t had an easy road to the semi final. They required extra time to beat Daegu (Challenge) 4-2. Edged Ansan Mugunghwa (Challenge) 2-1. Then in the quarter finals required penalties to beat Jeonnam following a 0-0 draw. They beat the underdog story side Bucheon 1995 1-0 in the Semi-Final. Recently they’ve won 4 games on the bounce, before the 1st leg which they lost. Keeper Hyun Yoo who has been error prone will be suspended for violent conduct during the 1st leg (banned on video evidence following the game).
Key Player: Brazilian top goalscorer Adriano will be the main target man moving forward, he only came on as a sub in the first leg so maybe fresher for the tie. Spanish defensive midfielder Osmar has had a great season and will also be key.
Suwon had an awful season compered to their usual standards and finished down in 7th place, however they did find some end of season form winning 3 of the final 4 games. Their road to this stage in the cup hasn’t been easy 1-0 wins over Gyeongju HNP and Busan I’Park, before a penalty shootout win over Seongnam FC in the quarter finals. In the Semi Final they won against Ulsan Hyundai on the road 3-1, scoring 2 late goal to setup this final. Suwon Bluewings have won the FA Cup 3 times before in 2002, 2009 and 2010. They looked like a Suwon of old in the 1st leg and seem to be finishing the season on a high.
Key Player: In form Brazilian Johnathan has 12 goals in 10 games, his goals saved them from the relegation battle. He scored in the 1st leg, although he didn’t offer much after his goal.
These sides have played 51 before this weekend;
Suwon Bluewings 22
FC Seoul 18
This season they’ve played 3 times in the league with two games ending 1-1, and Seoul winning the other tie 1-0. Suwon of course won the 1st leg in the cup 2-1
FC Seoul vs. Suwon Bluewings- Korean FA Cup 2016 Final 2nd Leg Prediction
FC Seoul 1-1 Suwon Bluewings (2-3 agg)
We thought the 1st leg would be defensive and cagey, but it wasn’t. But this time we see it being slow to start with. We see FC Seoul scoring either late in the 1st or early in 2nd, but Suwon will pull one back late in the game.
FC Seoul vs. Suwon Bluewings – Korean FA Cup 2016 Final 2nd Leg Result
FC Seoul 2-1 (agg 3-3) Suwon Bluewings
Suwon Won 10-9 on penalties.
The first half started slowly, but finished in a red mist as both sides had players sent off. The second half was a goal fest with Suwon scoring first but Seoul found 2 late on take the game into extra time. Extra Time was a little dull, but sides were feeling the effects of a long season and playing with only 10men. Finally the penalty shootout came down to the keepers, with the Suwon keeper proving the hero.
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