Rath returns to the starting lineup and leads Suwon FC to a valuable win.
Suwon FC defeated Suwon Samseong 2-0 on Friday at Suwon World Cup Stadium in the 25th round of the Hana OneQ K League 2023.
For Suwon FC, it was their worst crisis of the season. With just two draws and six losses in their previous eight games, the team had to travel to local rivals Suwon Samsung with a sagging mood. On top of that, their opponents were on a roll, unbeaten in five games (two wins and three draws), including a recent two-game winning streak, and the two teams were separated by just two points. A loss would see them drop to 11th place for the first time this season.
In dire straits, Suwon FC showed their mettle by beating Suwon Samseong away from home. The hero was Ras. Ras, who started as a striker, scored the game-winning goal in the 26th minute. He rattled the net with a precise header off a corner kick from Yoon Beom-garam toward the far post. He was also involved in Lee Seung-woo’s goal in first-half stoppage time. He picked up a long ball from the back and passed it to his teammate, overcoming the challenge of Go Myung-seok. The ball passed through Yoon Beom-garam and Jung Dong-ho to Lee Seung-woo, who finished with an accurate shot.
Rath has nine league goals and five assists this year, including one on the day, the most on the team, but he was also a player who gave Kim Do-gyun some headaches not long ago. He was not focused on the team during the summer transfer window due to transfer speculation. Kim even decided to leave his key striker out of the team against Gwangju FC in Round 24, stating that “it’s better to have a player with more determination”.
During the break after Round 24, Rath regrouped. Kim, 먹튀검증 who restored Ras to the starting lineup for the Suwon derby, said before the game, “We had a conversation during the break. “We talked about it during the break, and he realized that he has to dedicate himself to the team,” Kim explained. He lived up to expectations with a decisive performance that secured the win for his team.
Meanwhile, Suwon FC continued their dominance in the Suwon Derby thanks to Lars’ performance. Since their promotion to the K League 1 in the 2021 season, they have enjoyed a significant head-to-head advantage. Eight wins, one draw, and two losses in 11 games. Notably, they have won all three of their matches this season. Suwon FC’s last win came against Suwon Samseong before their eight-match winless streak.