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The former Manchester United star's performance in his side's win over Southampton was a highlight among mostly-forgettable performances by Koreans in the continent

ANALYSIS
By Chung Mi-Hyun
Korean Football Editor


At the same time that Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos kissed his armband and celebrated the winning goal in a match watched around the world, QPR players in South Hampton were just as excited to capture their third Premier League victory this season.

Park Ji-Sung put in a full appearance in the match against Southampton, while team-mate Yun Suk-Young was left off the squad. In an unusual shift as a left left midfielder, Park played indefatigably and assisted the winning goal in their 2-1 result. This victory narrowed the gap between QPR and 17th-placed Wigan from seven to four points, giving the Rangers hopes of avoiding relegation.

Augsburg’s Korean duo also showed fine performances in their match against Werder Bremen. Although they failed to record goals, both Ji Dong-Won and Koo Jae-Cheol helped the team develop a stable offence and defence throughout the match; the team won 1-0 away, earning three well-deserved points.

In Swansea City’s 1-0 win over Newcastle, Ki Sung-Yueng was substituted on after the hour mark and showed a fine performance as a defensive midfielder. Although he failed to score the game-winner, he did pressure the Newcastle goalkeeper with his powerful shooting skills.

Son Heung-Min, regarded one of the best young players in the Bundesliga, failed to score in yet another match for Hamburg and was substituted on 86 minutes in their 1-1 draw with Greuther Furth. The potential Premier League target lost another chance to score his 10th league goal this season after a poor performance. Furth attacker Park Jung-Bin made an appearance as an early second-half substitution but also failed to get on the scoreboard.

Park Chu-Young was forced to watch from the bench as Celta de Vigo fell 5-1 to Sevilla on Monday night.

In the Football League Championship, Lee Chung-Yong played a full 90 minutes in contributing to Bolton’s 3-2 victory, while Kim Bo-Kyung watched Cardiff City’s 2-0 win over Middlesbrough from the bench.

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