Only a pair of clubs remain perfect through two weeks of the K-League season, and both waited to the death to snare all three points away from home.
Ulsan Hyundai and Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors got the job done in Round 2 matches in South Korea this weekend to share the table lead in this nascent season.
Busan IPark 1-2 Jeonbuk
The reigning-champs are the K-League’s joint-winningest club but got a stiff challenge from newly-promoted Busan on Saturday.
An early goal from Jeong-ho Hong was knocked back by Busan second-half sub Romulo’s 66th-minute penalty for the hosts.
The hero was Dutch-born South African international Lars Veldwijk on his league debut. The ex-Nottingham Forest and Sparta Rotterdam striker bodied up his defender to take a back-post cross and cut home in stoppage time, completing a 32-minute cameo with a match-winning goal.
Suwon Samsung 2-3 Ulsan Hyundai
Well-traveled Brazilian striker Junior Negrao has found a home in South Korea. He was at it again in a Sunday morning thriller, completing a huge comeback when he put a free kick winner under the wall.
The 33-year-old scored his third and fourth goals of the young season in a comeback win, giving him 53 goals in 87 career appearances with Ulsan.
Suwon had scored just before halftime and then right out of the break to take a surprise lead, having finished eighth last season. But Negrao got his first and In-sung Kim tied the score to set the stage for Negrao’s 89th-minute winner.
Daegu 1-1 Pohang Steelers
Sangju Sangmu 2-0 Gangwon FC
Seongnam FC 0-0 Incheon United
Seoul 1-0 Gwangju