Anchor: Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur has broken South Korean football legend Cha Bum-kun’s seasonal goal-scoring record for a Korean playing in the European league. The 24-year-old forward scored two goals and set up another against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Thursday, helping Tottenham defeat the home team 6-1.
Our Park Jong-hong has this report.
Report: It was in the 36th minute of the first half that Korean football star Son Heung-min scored the record breaking goal, a milestone in his career.
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Then in the second half, to the delight of Tottenham fans, Son added another goal, to defeat Leicester City 6-1.
They were Son’s 20th and 21st goals of the season, including his goals scored in the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League. No other South Korean has ever scored 20 goals during a season in the European league although soccer legend Cha Bum-kun came close, scoring 19 goals for Bayer Leverkusen during his 1985-86 season in Germany.
In overall goals, Son also overtook another South Korean legend, Park Ji-sung, with 29 career goals in the English Premier League. Son’s feat stands out as he achieved the 29 goals in only his second year playing in the prestigious league. Before the match, he was tied with the former Manchester United midfielder at 27 career goals.
The record-setting performance by the Tottenham Hotspur's winger is inspiring news for the South Korean national team who are currently trying to qualify for the next FIFA World Cup.
National team head coach Uli Stielike, who has been getting discouraging news about injuries of leading offensive players, is scheduled to announce his roster for next month's World Cup qualifier against Qatar on Monday.
At the height of his game, Son is hoped to give a huge boost to the national team when he joins the South Korean team camp on May 29th.
Park Jong-hong, KBS World Radio News.