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Chivas de Guadalajara Tie Busan I'Park 1-1
Busan's Park Kyu Seon scores late to tie in international soccer friendly
Jon Swenson (pj48)     Email Article  Print Article 
Published 2007-07-03 06:48 (KST)   
Mexican first division powerhouse Club Deportivo Guadalajara, aka Chivas (goats), traveled to San Jose, Calif., for an exhibition with South Korean K-League team Busan I'Park Saturday night. The announced crowd of 12,002 fans at Spartan Stadium was overwhelmingly fitted with red-and-white striped Chivas kits and backed by no less than three Mariachi bands. Two trips around the stadium did not yield any South Korean faithful, although they may have been buried under a steady stream of confetti.

Busan, who finished in the bottom half of Group B play in the Korean League, came out pressing the action and trying to take advantage of their size on the small field. Busan unleashed a shot just over the crossbar 7:55 into the game that sent a gasp through the crowd. Even with a number of players called up to the Mexican National team for the Copa America tournament in Venezuela, CD Guadalajara is a club overflowing with talent and confidence. A sequence late in the first half saw a long cross bounce around dangerously inside the box. With Korean goalkeeper Chung Yoo Seok out of position, a Busan defender deflected the ball to the corner on a desperation play. Chivas sent the ball right back in front of the goal for a second quality scoring chance that ended just wide.

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Sergio Santana put CD Guadalajara on the board by beating two Busan defenders with a move to his left, and then sliding the ball just inside the right post at the end of the first half. The loud bass drum and the thumping crowd in the end zone convinced the entire stadium to join in for a few minutes. Busan appeared to lull Chivas into complacency a little in the second half. When the opportunity presented itself, Chivas would jump on it and push the momentum forward, but Busan won its share of one-on-one battles and Park Kyu Seon tied the game at 1-1 in the 67th minute. CD Guadalajara's best chance to score the decisive goal came on a broken play in the final two minutes but a rocket of a shot from in close was fired well above the crossbar and into the stands.

With 10 minutes left, the fiery end zone crowd exploded for what appeared to be no other reason than the game was winding down. Streamers sailed onto the field, large masses of confetti took five minutes to flutter to the ground and blue flares trailed smoke to the west side of the stadium.
View my photo gallery from the game.

View a YouTube video of the very enthusiastic Chivas crowd in the end zone.
©2007 OhmyNews
Other articles by reporter Jon Swenson

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