Son Heung-Min and Bayer Leverkusen got their chance for revenge against AS Monaco in the Champions League –so was revenge a dish best served cold, or did they ever get to serve it? Meanwhile Jae got the K-League Listing already out -it’s the LAST WEEKEND of the K-League season -the door is closing rapidly (and if you’re Sangju Sangmu, there is no way out). Quick look at games midweek before Tim gets out the other weekend listing for Koreans abroad…
First to the K-League on Wednesday
FT: Seoul 0-0 Pohang Incheon 0-1 Seongnam (Kim Dong-seob) #kleague
— Jae (@ArmchairRegista) November 26, 2014
With the draw at Seoul, Jeju is out of contention for the last Asian Champions League spot. Seoul made things infinitely harder to secure said spot, they need a few things to happen to get the last ACL qualifying position: FC Seoul MUST win at Jeju and Pohang must lose to Suwon.
In the other important game, Seongnam – seemingly full of spit and vigor from their FA Cup victory last Sunday, getting that vital goal in stoppage time before the half. And with those all important points, they leap frog over Gyeongnam and out of relegation danger. Gyeongnam dropping down to 11th place means if they are still there at the end of this weekend, they will be competing in the promotion/relegation playoff.
And later that day in Europe, the penultimate Champions League group match for Bayer Leverkusen – advancement to the knockout rounds within reach. Despite being at home -it almost was a carbon copy of the first match at Monaco, superior possession for Bayer, several tantalizing opportunities to score – no dice in the first half. Monaco with the few chances to counter in the 2nd, capitalized efficiently – Berbatov provided the assist – Monaco score. Just like last time. Leverkusen 0 : AS Monaco 1. Son had his usual nifty footwork on display, but also got signals mixed up, ran into his teammates twice, accidentally blocked a shot and was not as sharp as his last CL match. Son was in great position to do damage to Monaco, getting behind the lines in another cleverly designed freekick, but Calhanoglu opted for a tepid shot saved easily by the keeper. From what I could see, he was still a positive force for team Leverkusen, but Schmidt had other plans and he was subbed off in the 60th -scoreless at that moment in time. Leverkusen still leads group C (Leverkusen with 9 pts, AS Monaco 8 pts, Zenit St Petersburg with 7pts. While they qualified for the knockout rounds, Leverkusen will have to work it in their last match with Benfica on December 9th to win the group outright.
…..BREAKING: this just in:
To clarify, Lee Chung-Yong has not signed a new contract, but appears to been offered a new contract. His contract with the Wanderers ends next season.
…and I’ll categorize this in the strong rumor mill:
— Takeuchi (@Takeuchee) November 27, 2014
Kicker and other sources have also ran the same line, indicating possibly that Freiburg is trying to get Jurgen Klopp’s attention for options on Ji Dong-Won. We’ll see what comes of this.
Happy Thanksgiving to all US Tavern goers and here’s hoping for a bit of world peace and some progress on the global human rights front. peace in the middle east ya’ll. Tavern out.