Ki Sung-Yeung scores / Saturday results+Sunday listing

Ki Sung-Yeung scored his 8th goal of the season as Swansea put away Stoke 2-0. The result puts them closer to a Europa League spot. We’re in a bit of a fluid situation at the Tavern today as results from Saturday are already in – and yet we have listings for Sunday, so we’ll try to bridge the gap.

Augsburg 0 : 0 Cologne

Hong Jeong-Ho with 2 clear chances to head the ball in but just missed on both set peices. Ji subbed in the 68th minute, 2 shots on target, both blocked.

Bayer Leverkusen 2:0 Bayern Munich

Surprise surprise surprise, Bayer Leverkusen with the upset here, fantastic win at home to a team that is usually in a league of their own. Youngster Julian Brandt impressive with a brilliant strike, and a Calhanoglu free kick took out the giant of the Bundesliga. Son Heung-Min played 90 minutes and nearly got on the scoreboard with a Son-esque strike, however Neuer managed to prevent that from going in the net.  Leverkusen marches into 3rd in the Bundesliga table.

Hoffenheim 1 :1  Borussia Dortmund

Kim Jin-Su recovering from exhaustion, subbed in the last 10 minutes.

Liverpool 2 : 1 QPR

Yun Suk-Young replaced a struggling Steven Caulker at halftime, the Rangers nearly got a point away at Anfield, but Gerrard was able to put the game away for the Reds in the 88th minute. QPR was reduced to 10 men after Onuoha received his 2nd yellow. QPR seems to be facing the prospects of the drop, but the return of Leroy Fer might be enough to spark them back to life. All respect to QPR’s Rio Ferdinand, he lost his wife to cancer and we wish him and his family all the best.

Brentford 3 : 0 Wigan

Wigan are officially relegated. Kim Bo-Kyung put in a shift. Fortunately he’s had a decent run of form for the Lactics this spring despite the drop – should bode well for a transfer elsewhere…

Swansea 2 : 0  Stoke

Shelvey delivered the assists today to a diving Freddy Montero (his first goal for the Swans) and in stoppage time to Ki after drifting around the far post. Ki was able to clinically finish with a side foot sweep.  Ki’s 8th goal keeps racking up his tally after already shattering Park Ji-Sung’s record for most goals scored by a Korean in a single Premier League season. With Southampton losing unexpectedly to Sunderland, 7th place is not out of the question for Swansea -should they notch 7th and Arsenal defeats Aston Villa in the FA Cup final, Swans will be in Europe next season. Note: Ki has been recovering from a minor injury, thus his second consecutive appearance as a substitute.

In the K-League Saturday, only 2 matches…

FC Seoul 1 : 1 Seongnam

Struggling Seoul manage a draw, a quick goal in the 5th minute by Seoul’s Kim Hyun-Sung matched by Seongnam’s Nam June-Jae half an hour later.

Jeonbuk 2 : 0 Suwon

Pair of goals by Edu and Leonardo give Jeonbuk an 8 point lead over Suwon (Ulsan have their game on Tuesday)

Here’s an interesting result from the K-League Challenge division on Saturday:

That would be Seoul E-Land’s first league win… and an eye opening goals fest at that. They knock league leader Suwon City in the process. Daegu notch their 3rd win in a row and find themselves at the top of the table concurrent to Suwon City’s weekend self-destruction.  Meanwhile Gangwon, fresh off their giant killing Korean FA Cup win over Busan couldn’t keep that momentum and was left with a scoreless draw with Anyang.



To a very short SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY listing we go (European listing courtesy of Korean Footballers Abroad):

Sunday 8:30 AM Lee Chung Yong Crystal Palace @Chelsea NBCSN
Sunday 9:30 AM Koo Ja Cheol Mainz Hamburg GolTV
Sunday 9:30 AM Park Joo Ho Mainz Hamburg GolTV
Sunday 2:15 PM Suk Hyun Jun Vitoria Setubal Porto None

and in the K-League

Sunday, May 3
Gwangju FC
12:30 AM
1:00 AM
Tuesday, May 5
1:00 AM
Busan IPark
Jeju United
1:00 AM

K-League Challenge

Goyang Hi v Bucheon 1995      3:00 AM

*Tuesday  Ansan Police host the army team Sangju Sangmu    1 AM

All times are in US Eastern Time
* I know, there’s 2 midweek listings here, but technically the Pohang/Busan and Jeju/Ulsan fixtures are part of Round 9. while Ansan/Sangju is part of K-League Challenge Round 5

The big game of the weekend isn’t a club match however, it’s the finale of the Suwon JS Cup U18 Tournament.  Korea squares off against France.  The question of the day, will both Lee Seung-Woo and Paik Seung-Ho be on the pitch together?

May 3     KOREA U18 vs FRANCE U18     6pm Korea Time / 5am US EST

Korea broadcast: SBS Sports

Around the world: creative streaming means should be possible.

We don’t want to give short thrift to the others on the squad, players like Lee Dong-Soon and Lim MIn-Hyeok and other, they’ve been performing really well overall and look promising for the future. 1-0 and 0-0 against Uruguay and Belgium respectively would qualify as decent results.  In the meantime, Lee Seung-Woo and Paik Seung-Ho has everyone’s (and several sets of scouts) attention for good reason.

Heres a short video of the team in practice mode. LSW looks beastly.  (Thanks to BSK posters)

and here’s some gifs (thx again to the BSK folks) from an earlier practice match – just some nifty moves here.



It’s a round robin tournament, not sure how the other fixtures went, but whatevs, Tavern’s not too concerned about whether a trophy here is won or not.  Korea’s future as evidenced by what has transpired so far in Suwon – seems to be moving in a positive direction.

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    • Ive heard he’s either not being released due to Barca’s academy training schedule or that the KNT U18 coach thought he was too young. I hope the latter isn’t true…

        • Add to charges that the coach is not quite competent. If by logic he brings in LSW despite age difference due to certain factors -why not bring extend that logic to call up Jang?

          • Incompetent is probably a bit harsh but Ahn IS was a strange choice for a youth team boss. Honestly I don’t see any issue with him not calling Jang GH, and I wouldn’t have had too much issue if he hadn’t called Lee SW either. From my limited time following youth footy its fairly rare for players outside the age group to get called unless they’re exceptional talents. Jang, while very good, is not exceptional for me. Lee potentially is, which is why he did get called. Plus relative to their positions CF is a much higher need than WM.

          • What u say is sound. I guess there’s a part of my thinking that’s ‘agenda’ driven, that is to give Barca kids with competition bans with as much playing time as possible to compensate. With that kind of thinking, Definitely takes me out of the running to manage KNT on any level.

          • No comment on the coach but as for Jang, I wish he did call him up. 1 year age difference isn’t huge leap & he has experience playing against older players with Barca youth. At U-16 AFC, I was disappointed he was slotted on the right when he mainly operates on the left as out-and-out winger for Barca youth. He could have been useful & he has more experience playing with LSW compared to BSH. I was only able to watch the game vs Belgium U-18, but I didn’t like starting LW for Korea.

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