Asians Abroad: Son scores superb double for Hamburg, while Kagawa assists United's win at Liverpool

The Hamburg striker was the talk of the weekend, with countrymen Park Chu-Young and Ki Sung-Yeung among the many Asian players who shined in Europe and elsewhere abroad

Son Heung-Min was on fire with Hamburg as his sensational brace helped his side to an unexpected 3-2 win over reigning champions Borussia Dortmund at the Imtech Arena. The 20-year-old opened the scoring after just two minutes when he headed home a perfect Rafael Van der Vaart cross from the left flank, before netting his team's third seconds before the hour mark with a magnificent solo display which saw him fire a sublime strike past Roman Weidenfeller.

Park Chu-Young continued the great weekend for the Koreans with his first goal for La Liga new-boys Celta Vigo in their 2-1 win over Getafe. After coming on in the 67th minute for Mario Bermejo, the former Lille man struck a right-footed volley from close-range just two minutes later to become the first player from his country to score in Spain's top flight.

Ki Sung-Yeung made his full Premier League debut as Swansea City were thumped 3-0 by Everton at home. The 23-year-old, who went close to scoring in the first-half when his curling effort finished inches wide of the post, described his first real game for the Swans as 'crazy' and he's desperate to get more minutes on the pitch to fit into Michael Laudrup's system.

"For me, it was a little bit crazy because it was my first game and there were goals, a red card and I ended up in defence," he told the club's official website. "The pace and power of the Premier League is what I expected, and I’ll adapt more and more with every game I play."


Shinji Kagawa made his return to the Manchester United starting lineup in their emotional 2-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield. With his team down 1-0, Kagawa's biggest contribution came when he set up Rafael's equaliser with a chest pass in the 51st minute.

Elsewhere in Europe, it was a good weekend for Kagawa's former team-mates from his time at Cerezo Osaka.

Hiroshi Kiyotake continued his good form for Nurnberg, making a full appearance in their 2-1 loss to Frankfurt. The Japan international made a valiant effort in the loss, setting up Sebastian Polter's goal in the 76th minute and overall acquitting himself well.

Opposite Kiyotake was Takashi Inui, who scored the eventual game-winning goal at the hour mark. The goal was Inui's second in a row, and helped Frankfurt to their fourth straight win as they remain tied with Bayern for first place. The attacker is shining in his first European top-flight season and looks set to continue in his role as a starter.


Tommy Oar put in a full shift in Utrecht's 1-0 away win over Roda JC. The 20-year-old was involved in his team's goal as his cross from a free-kick in the 34th minute was tapped home by Dave Bulthuis following a mistake from Roda's goalkeeper Filip Kurto.

Tim Cahill played 90 minutes as New York Red Bulls conceded a last-minute goal in their 1-1 draw against New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium. The former Everton man set up his team's opener as his header from a Wilman Conde cross was nodded home by Joel Lindpere, before Darrius Barnes sealed the point for the home side.

Alex Brosque ended his two-month goal drought with a well placed free-kick in Shimizu S-Pulse's 3-2 loss to Cerezo Osaka. The Australia international showed again his ability in set pieces but his sixth of the campaign wasn't enough to prevent the defeat for his team, who now sit in ninth place.

Matthew Spiranovic scored his first goal for Al-Arabi as they drew 1-1 at home against Al-Khor. The former Urawa Reds and Nurnberg centre-back put his side ahead on 14 minutes with a header from a free-kick, before Julio Cesar's 63rd minute leveller rescued a point for the visitors.


Philippine international goalkeeper Neil Etheridge made his English league debut with a clean sheet in Bristol Rovers' goalless draw at home against Fleetwood Town six years after signing his first professional contract.

The 22-year-old, currently on loan from Fulham, wasn't particularly threatened during the match and had to make just one save before the hour mark. But he was satisfied with the teams' efforts to get the three points and posted to his Twitter account: "Clean sheet, 0-0 would have been nice to get a win but we worked hard and played well."