A number of midweek european cup games came and went – a handful of Koreans played in them. First and foremost, Son Heung-Min scored his 3rd goal for Bayer Leverkusen (and his 2nd DFB Pokal German cup goal) against Arminia Bielefeld on Tuesday.
That goal was the first of the match, coming in the 62nd minute. The game would go in the win column for Leverkusen, a 2-0 victory.
German DFB Pokal cup
Augsburg D Hong Jeong-Ho: not in 18 in Augsburg’s 3-0 win at SC Preussen Muenster
Wolfsburg MF Koo Ja-Cheol: 45 minutes (2nd half) in 2-0 win against Aalen
Mainz D Park Joo-Ho: 90 minutes in 1-0 loss to Koln
Bayer Leverkusen F Son Heung-Min: 90 min, 1 goal in 2-0 win at Arminia Bielefeld
England Capital One League cup
Cardiff MF Kim Bo-Kyung: not in 18 in 2-3 loss at West Ham
Sunderland MF Ki Sung-Yeung: 90 min in 2-0 win against Peterborough
Sunderland F Ji Dong-Won: not in 18 in 2-0 win against Peterborough
Arsenal F Park Chu-Young: unused sub in 1-1 (3-4 PK) win at West Bromwich
Spain La Liga
Almeria F Kim Young-Kiu: not in 18 in 2-0 loss at Malaga
Netherland KNVB Beker cup
PSV Eindhoven MF Park Ji-Sung: unused sub in 4-1 win at EHC
Asian Champions League – Semifinal round 1st leg
FC Seoul 2 : 0 Esteghlal goals by D. Damjanović (39′) and Ko Yo-Han (47′ – assist by Yun Ill-lok)
A couple of talking points:
- Park Chu-Young: some Tavern goers held their collective breaths on Wednesday (including yours truly) to see if Wenger would actually put Park in the game. It would’ve been an odd but noteworthy progress in Park’s stop & start career. Game went into overtime before the 3rd and final sub was used. In the end, no Park, overtime for both teams, and after the dust settled, Arsenal barely advanced to the next round. Collective Wenger-hate continues and Park’s limbo existence ticks onward. Sort of reminded me of that sinking feeling during Park’s 1st season with Arsenal in 2011-2012 – that wondering when or if Wenger would actually give Park a decent enough chance. Am I Charlie Brown to Wenger’s Lucy, with Wenger holding that proverbial football in place, waiting for me to kick that damn ball?.
- Still on PCY – Ryo and Bendtner didn’t score. Arsenal managed 1 measly goal and had to go to PK’s to beat West Brom. Could that give Park a glimmer of hope he can see some action on the pitch this season in an FA cup or league cup game? The next league cup draw: Chelsea. However, if Park still is getting the cold shoulder, the January transfer window is his next opportunity to exit purgatory.
- The first Sunderland match in the post DiCanio era, Ki played as expected, but no Ji in the roster. Still, I’m going to put money on the idea that Ji has a better chance to emerge now that that ‘crazy’ has been sacked.
- Koo appeared to play a more advanced role up the pitch after Diego was substituted in the Wolfsburg/Aalen game. He seemed to struggle in his last match last weekend in a deeper mid role for Wolfsburg.
- Park Joo-Ho’s Mainz team were upset by Koln.
- Encouraging to see Son score for Bayer Leverkusen. Let’s keep that trend going.
Weekend listings will be up soon. Meantime, I have to admit I enjoy hearing rumours of Lee Chung-Yong receiving interest from Steve Bruce, Sunderland’s old boss back who initially brought Ji Dong-Won to the Black Cats. Steve has rode a rocket ride with Hull, who’s climbed back to the Premier League – and now sits at 11th place in the table. That’ll help provide me some good dreams tonight. Anyung-ju-mu say-yo!