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Son Heung-min scores amazing solo goal, the first of the season

Son Heung-min scores amazing solo goal, the first of the season

Posted September. 15, 2017 07:45,   

Updated September. 15, 2017 08:05

Some of Tottenham fans gathered at Wembley rose and started cheering for Son Heung-min (25) as he began to dash from the half line. Their enthusiasm was based on his performance, which has always proved to be exceptional against Borussia Dortmund during his spells in the Bundesliga. Tearing down the left side with dazzling speed, the South Korean forward sent a powerful shot with his left foot and found the net from an extremely narrow angle. The opener came only in the fourth minute of the first half.

The “Beekeeper” Son Heung-min scored a convincing opener against Borussia Dortmund, a German football club dubbed “The Army of Honey Bees” by fans for their yellow jersey with black stripes. On Thursday, Tottenham Hotspurs subdued Borussia Dortmund by 3-1 with their strikers Son Heung-min and Harry Kane finding an opener and a brace, respectively, in the first Group H encounter for their Champions League campaign.

Hired as starter today, Son was replaced in the 38th minute of the latter half of the game. Fans stood and gave him a loud round of applause as he was leaving the pitch. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino expressed satisfaction, labeling Son’s performance “fantastic." WhoScored.com, a European football statistics agency, gave the 25-year-old 7.3, the second highest rating after Harry Kane, who received 9.6.

The opener was Son’s first scoring in five games in regular season since he recovered from his arm surgery in June. “I am confident when I am playing against Dortmund," said the young striker from South Korea. "I am happy to score my first goal of the season, but at the same time, I wish I had been able to score more goals."

Adding one more goal, Son has reached the mark of 10 goals in his professional career in Europe. Now, Son is tied as the most prolific Korean scorer to have played in European leagues, along with Cha Bum-kun, former head coach of the Korean national football team. Son has also extended his own record as the best Korean scorer in the UEFA Champions League, reaching the mark of seven goals (including playoff games). The second place is held by Park Ji-sung, who is now retired after having scored five goals in the Champions League.

Yun-Cheol Jeong trigger@donga.com