The defender put on a fine performance in his hour of play as the Swans romped to a 5-0 victory that put them in next season's Europa League
By Chung Mi Hyun
If there be light, then there is darkness; what is true in life is often true in football as well. While several South Korean players prospered this weekend, not all who were active in Europe had memorable appearances.
Perhaps Ki Sung-Yueng, a 24-year-old defensive midfielder, had the best weekend among Korean players on the continent. He showed a fine performance in the League Cup final despite playing centre-back; an unusual position for him. Ki helped building a stable defensive line that did not appear to struggle against their lower-league opposition, and was substituted just after the hour mark following Swansea’s fourth goal.
The 5-0 defeat of Bradford gave Swansea City their first-ever League Cup and, more importantly, entry into next season's Europa League. The achievement undoubtedly makes Ki's first EPL season a success by any definition.
In their relegation battle against Hoffenheim, Augsburg's South Korean duo played well in helping the team secure a crucial three points. Ji Dong-Won finally recorded his first goal in Bundesliga with a volley to open scoring. Koo Jae-Cheol assisted the winning goal with a through-ball. This victory raised Augsburg to 16th place, which if the season ended today would give them a chance to remain in the Bundesliga through a play-off.
But other Korean players struggled. Needing just one more goal to record his first double-digit season, Son Heung-Min was unable to find the back of the net. Just like his other Hamburg team-mates, he showed a poor performance throughout the match, which resulted in their 5-1 defeat to Hannover.
Two players named Park failed to make appearances. In the match against Manchester United, Park Ji-Sung was not given a chance to play against his former team. Having won two matches total in 26 EPL fixtures, QPR expectedly lost 2-0, and took another step closer to relegation.
Meanwhile in Spain, Park Chu-Young watched his team-mates score from the bench as Celta de Vigo won 2-0 over Granada.