Live soccer is back, as the K-League in South Korea kicked off its 2020 season on Friday.
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Reigning champions Jeonbuk FC beat Suwon Bluewings 1-0 thanks to a late header from 41-year-old striker Lee Dong-gook, who snuck in front of Canadian defender Doneil Henry at a corner to node home.
The veteran striker celebrated by saluting healthcare workers around the world, as Jeonbuk deserved the win after dominating 10-man Suwon. The Bluewings almost held on for a point after Terry Antonis was sent off in the 75th minute as Henry played well in central defense.
South Korea’s top-flight is the premier league in Asia as they’ve produced more winners of the AFC Champions League than any other country.
Jeonbuk, coached by Jose Mourinho’s former assistant Jose Morais, are the favorites to win a fourth-straight title and they handled the surreal situation of playing in an empty stadium.
Fan noises were played over the PA system in the Jeonju World Cup Stadium and overall things seemed to go very smoothly in the season opener. There was noticeably a lot of contact between players as some still shared high fives, while others preferred to bump elbows to embrace.
Saturday sees three games take place and there are two more on Sunday as the first weekend of the season kicks off.
You can watch the full match replay of Jeonbuk’s win against Suwon by clicking play on the video below.