“If you don’t give up until the end, you can win.”
Chungnam Asan FC’s ‘unbreakable will’ produced another miraculous comeback victory. It was the ‘Miracle of Asan’ again after more than a month. Although the team missed out on the promotion playoffs again this season, Chungnam Asan FC impressed its home fans with its fierce focus and indomitable fighting spirit at the end of the season. The team also regained its lost pride and gained a strong sense of ‘can-do’ confidence.
Chungnam Asan won a thrilling 3-2 comeback victory over Chungbuk Cheongju in the 26th round of the Hana OneQ K League 2 2023 at the Asan Yi Sun-sin Sports Complex on the afternoon of the 14th.
With the win, Chungnam Asan moved to 39 points (11 W, 6 D, 16 L), two points behind ninth-place Seongnam FC. On the other hand, Chungbuk Cheongju’s dreams of finishing in fifth place, the minimum to qualify for the promotion playoffs, were dashed. With a win, Chungbuk Cheongju would have leapfrogged Gyeongnam FC (49 points) for fifth place with 50 points, but they had to settle for seventh place after a fierce fightback from Chungnam Asan.
It was a repeat of the ‘Miracle in the Rain’ from a month earlier. On September 17, Chungnam Asan came back from a 2-3 deficit to win 4-3 at home against FC Anyang in the 31st round of the Hana OneQ K League 2 2023 at the Asan Yi Sunshin Stadium, thanks to Park Dae-hoon’s equalizer and Park Sung-woo’s comeback goal in the 44th and 45th minutes. It was one of the most dramatic comebacks in the K League 2 this season. The game went from 0-1 (Anyang lead) to 2-1 (Chungnam Asan comeback) to 3-2 (Anyang comeback) to 4-3 (Chungnam Asan comeback) before Chungnam Asan pulled off an emotional victory.
The next game to match this dramatic turnaround came less than a month later. Chungnam Asan hosted Chungbuk Cheongju in a home game on April 14, and the score was 1-1 at halftime. They took the lead in the 17th minute through Kang Min-kyu, but conceded the equalizer in the 39th minute through Jorge.
In the second half, heavy rain poured down, creating a scene reminiscent of the Anyang game a month earlier. The rain was so heavy that the balls kicked by the players could not roll properly. In this atmosphere, Chungnam Asan conceded a goal to Lee Seung-jae in the 35th minute to make it 1-2. There wasn’t much time left. The defeat was deepening.안전놀이터
But Chungnam Asan coach Park Dong-hyuk and his players refused to give up. After second-half substitute Hafael equalized in the 41st minute, Park Dae-hoon scored a come-from-behind header in stoppage time to complete the 3-2 victory, completing another “Miracle Ujung Comeback.
The victory left a lot to be desired for Chungnam Asan. First, it preserved the pride of the original ‘Chungcheongbuk-do Mengju’. While Chungbuk Cheongju has emerged as the new “Chungcheongbuk-do Mengju” this season with a strong performance in the K League 2, it was Chungnam Asan that originally held the title. The dramatic come-from-behind victory in the pride match restored their diminished pride.
It was a game that restored their ‘we can do it’ confidence. “Today’s win gave us the confidence that we can win if we don’t give up until the end,” said Park Dong-hyuk, “I hope we can play like today until the end.” This confidence, which the players built by not giving up until the end, can certainly be the energy for a rebound next season. It may be late, but Chungnam Asan still gave their fans hope.