Jeonbuk, who had looked imperious at the start of the month, suffered a mini-blip, losing one-nil to Ulsan, after Lee Jong-ho got the better of Jeonbuk’s latest national team call-up Kim Min-jae to head home the only goal of the game. Jeonbuk drew the following game one-all against Jeonnam Dragons, allowing Jeju United, who only dropped two points all month, a golden opportunity to close the gap at the top to four points should they win their game in hand over bottom-placed Gwangju.
Ulsan couldn’t capitalize on their victory over Jeonbuk, drawing the rest of their matches in August to remain stubbornly in second place. Suwon’s title bid suffered an absolutely massive blow in their match against FC Seoul. Not only did they lose that game, they also lost their star player, Johnathan, whose goals had turned the side into genuine contenders before he injured his foot after being on the wrong end of a late tackle. Poor results for Gwangju and Gangwon saw both clubs give their managers the boot, with Gwangju bringing in ex-Seongnam manager Kim Hak-bum to try and pull themselves out of the drop zone. Sangju Sangmu’s abysmal form, combined with a good run of results for Daegu and Incheon, sees the army side fall to eleventh place, and look in real danger of going down.