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:
#KLeague Challenge Saturday Results:
Daegu 1 – 0 Gyeongnam
Suwon City FC 1 – 5 Seoul E-Land FC
— Modern Seoul (@ModernSeoul) May 2, 2015
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
Tuesday, May 5
Goyang Hi v Bucheon 1995 3:00 AM
*Tuesday Ansan Police host the army team Sangju Sangmu 1 AM
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.