A lot happening in the space of a few days, let’s get to it.
First up, the Korean Women’s Team faced Japan in the E1 (formerly the EAFF Tournament) on Friday, Japan edged Korea out 3:2. Hal Kaiser (who has remarkably come of retirement to help cover the Women’s side for the Tavern, starting with this preview), tweeted this out:
— Hal Kaiser (@Hal_Kaiser) December 8, 2017
Some positives and negatives against a perennially tough Japan squad, South Korea plays North Korea on Monday Dec 11. Stay tuned for more from the Women’s side of the E1 tournament…
On the men’s side, they played China earlier today and had the lions share of possession and for awhile looked like a turkey hunt, Korea getting shot after shot on China’s goal. It paid off with Lee Jae-Sung feeding Kim Shin-Wook for the first goal, and Lee Jae-Sung finishing brilliantly for Korea’s 2nd. However, not being able to inflict further damage came back to haunt Team Korea, defensive lapses allowed China to equalize (after conceding early in the match).
This compilation video sums it up efficiently:
— Javier Miñano Espín (@javierminano) December 9, 2017
Javier Espin by the way is the new assistant coach for Korea, hails from Spain – we welcomed him on Twitter and we”ll welcome him again here at the Tavern.
Shin Tae-Yong in post presser stated his disappointment in the defense. He noted that Korea, who are the E1 defending champs, had far too many wayward passes. Lee Jae-Sung was voted Man of the Match, Kim Shin-Wook actually scored with his feet, and Kim Jin-Su playing LB played brightly. We’ll try to get a bit more analysis from the draw with China. To note: the E1 tournament is a round robin tournament – it’s not an official FIFA event so only Asia based players involved.
Quick midweek roundup: Son scored in the last Champions League group stage match against APOEL, a comfortable 3-0 win. Son has scored (as of Wednesday – no spoiler alerts yet!) 4 out of his 5 starts for Spurs. We’ll have a video recap – it was a sweet goal if you haven’t caught it yet (but I’ve got family biz to attend to – we’ll be back soon enough). Spurs have dominated their group (that included BVB and Real Madrid!) and await the Round of 16 draw next week. Hwang Hee-Chan came on to RB Salzburg’s 0-0 Europa League draw with Marseille – they advance to Europa League round of 16 – not so for Lee Jin-Hyun and Austria Wein.
quick repost of Korean Players Abroad for weekend listing (apologies for lateness)
|Saturday||10:00 AM||Lee Chung Yong||Crystal Palace||Bournemouth||NBC Gold|
|Saturday||10:00 AM||Ki Sung Yueng||Swansea||West Brom||NBC Gold|
|Saturday||10:00 AM||Son Heung Min||Tottenham||Stoke City||NBCSN|
|Saturday||2:00 PM||Kwon Chang Hoon||Dijon||@Guingamp||None|
|Saturday||2:00 PM||Suk Hyun Jun||Troyes||@Monaco||BeIn Play|
|Sunday||9:00 AM||Lee Seung Woo||Hellas Verona||@SPAL||BeIn Play|
|Sunday||12:00 PM||Ji Dong Won||Augsburg||Hertha Berlin||Fox Sports 2|
|Sunday||12:00 PM||Koo Ja Cheol||Augsburg||Hertha Berlin||Fox Sports 2|
At this point, the 10 AM Saturday matches have already happened, but in case you haven’t checked twitter, Son had a beast of a game, possibly his best of his Spurs career. Lee Chung-Yong is out injured. That is all. Be back soon!