Aussies Abroad: Taggart secures first win of K League campaign
Adam Taggart’s Suwon Bluewings registered their first victory of the season after they edged out Incheon United 1-0 on Saturday night.
Taggart was back in the starting line-up for his side’s clash against Incheon and was on the park for just over 80 minutes. Any hopes of an Aussie battle unfolding were quashed after Rashid Mahazi was left out of Incheon’s matchday squad.
The Australian striker came close to breaking the deadlock at the half hour mark after his effort struck the far post.
The deciding goal of the contest arrived in the 62nd minute from the penalty spot thanks to Suwon’s Yeom Ki-hun after his teammate Kim-Min-woo was brought down by Incheon defender Moon-Ji hwan.
Jason Davidson’s Ulsan Hyundai were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Busan I’Park on Sunday night.
Davidson was tasked with a watching brief for this contest and didn’t make it off the bench as his team fought back from 1-0 down to share the spoils with their opponents.
Busan’s Lee Jung-hyub opened the scoring on 57 minutes before Ulsan’s Junior Negrao levelled the tie with just under ten minutes left on the clock.
Brandon O’Neill’s Pohang Steelers fell to a 2-1 defeat against FC Seoul on Friday night.
The Steelers took the lead five minutes into the encounter after Stanislav Iljutcenko pounced on a miscommunication in defence which saw Seoul’s Kim Nam-chun and Yoo Sang-hoon fail to clear their lines and pave the way for the Pohang striker to glide through for the opener.
Seoul restored parity on 35 minutes thanks to Hwan Hyun-soo while the winner arrived in the 74th minute through midfielder Osmar Barba.
In Bundesliga action, we saw Mathew Leckie’s Hertha Berlin enjoy a resounding 4-0 win over their rivals Union Berlin while Brandon Borrello’s SC Freiburg went down 1-0 to Werder Bremen.
Leckie was not included in Hertha’s squad for Friday’s clash after an inspired second half performance saw them put four past Union.
Borrello was an unused substitute as his side fell to a shock 1-0 defeat at home to Bremen.
Leonardo Bittencourt scored the all important goal in the 19th minute as Werder propelled themselves off the foot of the league table and put a dent in Freiburg’s European dreams in the process.
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