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Live Reporting

Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

  1. It's football but not as we know it

    Match under way

    The K League kicked off on Friday as viewers around the world got an idea of what football will look like in the coronavirus age.

    The stands were empty, bar a few officials and the South Korea manager - all wearing masks.

    On the benches the subs wore masks - club branded ones in the case of Jeonbuk Motors - and so did most of the coaches and the fourth official.

    On the pitch there were no masks but handshakes were banned (although players did bump fists at the end) and players were not allowed to spit or talk at close proximity to each other.

    The atmosphere was surreal with silence for most of the game - apart from the players' shouting. There was the occasional spell of crowd noise piped in (it was surprisingly genuine sounding). And the final whistle was met by deafening silence.

    The game itself ended in a 1-0 win for champions Jeonbuk Motors over cup holders Suwon Bluewings. Substitute Lee Dong-gook, 41, scored the only goal with a header.

    Lee Dong-gool scored the winner

    There was also a red card and VAR check for a penalty not given.

    With the Bundesliga returning next weekend and the Premier League hoping to be back next month, this was a valuable glimpse into what the new normal looks like.

    You can relive the action as it happened below.

    People at the stadium wearing masks
    Image caption: This was the scene at the stadium before kick-off
  2. Goodbye for now

    Well that was something different, wasn't it? A proper sight of what football in the coronavirus age looks like.

    Thanks for following on the BBC Sport website today and thanks for texting and tweeting in, just like the old days.

    See you soon. Maybe for the Bundesliga next weekend?

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    Handshakes are not allowed so players are bumping fists instead.

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    The sound of the referee's whistle and then nothing. Surreal.


    Jeonbuk 1-0 Suwon

    The full-time whistle goes.

    And silence. Pure silence.

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    Jeonbuk 1-0 Suwon

    The free-kick hits a defender.

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    Jeonbuk 1-0 Suwon

    Suwon have a free-kick in a good position beyond the four minutes. The last chance.

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    Jeonbuk 1-0 Suwon

    Thirty seconds left.

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    Jeonbuk 1-0 Suwon

    Halfway through injury time and Jeonbuk have the ball at the right end of the pitch.

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    Imagine if the Suwon keeper came up for a corner! On Jimmy Glass Day...


    Jeonbuk 1-0 Suwon

    Four minutes added on. Any late drama to come?


    Jeonbuk 1-0 Suwon

    Jeonbuk bring on teenage midfielder Lee Soo-bin for Kim Bo-kyung.

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    Jeonbuk 1-0 Suwon

    I know I'm neutral but I'm delighted we've had a goal. Even better it was a familiar(ish) name.

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    Jeonbuk 1-0 Suwon

    In his celebration, Lee Dong-gook did hand signals to thank South Korean medical staff for their work during the coronavirus pandemic.

  15. GOAL - Jeonbuk 1-0 Suwon

    Lee Dong-gook


    We have our first goal on the BBC in almost two months as 41-year-old Lee Dong-gook heads past the goalkeeper at his near post from a corner.

    What a moment.

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    Jeonbuk 0-0 Suwon

    Defensive change for the visitors now as Jang Ho-ik replaces Kim Min-woo.

    The fourth official pulls down his mask as he speaks to the sub and puts up the board. And the manager has his mask down too. Not sure those masks are going to protect them much if they're down.


    Jeonbuk 0-0 Suwon

    Suwong bring off their captain as Yeom Ki-hun is replaced by Han Seok-hee.

    Han Seok-hee doesn't have a Wikipedia page so you're not getting any facts on him here.

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    Jeonbuk 0-0 Suwon

    There's a second ball on the pitch. Wait, are there ball boys? I haven't seen any but there must be.