Koreans in Europe: Kim Bo-Kyung leads Cardiff closer to promotion

By Chung Mi Hyun

Ever since Cha Bum-Kun, a legendary Korean forward, scored 17 goals in 34 league games for Bayer Leverkusen in 1985-86, no Korean has yet recorded double-digits in Bundesliga until the match against Mainz on April 13.

Son Heung-Min finally ended his long slump, contributing to the team’s 2-1 win over Mainz, scoring both goals.

Another player in Bundesliga, Ji Dong-Won, also scored multiple goals in his team’s 2-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt. A double from Ji gave Augsburg a chance to avoid relegation and put the team within three points of the 15th placed Dusseldorf.

Other Korean players in Europe did not have a decent weekend, however. In England, Park Ji Sung failed to save his team although selected as a starting member.

Substituted out for Adel Taarabt on 63 minutes, he had to watch QPR lose to Everton. With the defeat, QPR sit a poin off the bottom, seven points less than Wigan Athletics a place in 18th who have played two matches fewer. Yun Seok-Young was again not given an opportunity to make his debut in EPL.

Taken off in the 78th minute, Park Chu-Young found himself struggling during Celta Vigo's 1-0 defeat by Mallorca. Allowing a goal in the injury time of the second half, Celta are still 20th in the league.

Considering they are only four points behind 17th Granada, Celta might be able to hope to avoid relegation.

While QPR and Celta are in the relegation scrap, Cardiff City in the English Championship are close to promotion.

Selected as the Man of the Match by fans, Kim Bo-Kyung put in a decent performance throughout the match. With the 3-0 victory over Nottingham Forest, Cardiff are top of the table, 12 points ahead of the third-placed Watford who sit outside the automatic promotion slot.