Son Heung-min Ties Single-Season Scoring Record for Korean Playing in Europe

  • By Lee Tae-dong

    April 17, 2017 10:52

    Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur tied two Korean scoring records with a goal on Saturday. Son scored his 12th goal of the English Premier League season against Bournemouth at White Hart Lane, taking his season tally to 19 goals.

    With Spurs leading 1-0, Son added a second in the 19th minute off a pass from Harry Kane. Spurs went on to beat Bournemouth 4-0.

    Son has now scored 12 goals in the EPL, six in the FA Cup, and one goal in the UEFA Champions League this season.

    Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring a goal during the English Premier League football match against Bournemouth at White Hart Lane in London on Saturday. /Yonhap

    The goal against Bournemouth saw Son draw level with two Korean football legends. Son tied Cha Bum-kun's goal-scoring record in a season for a Korean playing for a European team. Cha scored 19 goals for Bayer Leverkusen in Germany's Bundesliga in 1985-1986.

    He also tied Park Ji-sung's record of 27 EPL goals, scored for Manchester United and Queens Park Rangers over eight seasons from 2005-2013.

    Son's 27th career goal came in just his second season in the EPL. Unlike Park, who was an all-around midfielder, Son is a winger, playing in a more purely attacking position, but his results are still considered to be quite impressive.

    Son has at least seven more matches to play this season. He only needs one more goal to move beyond Cha and Park. No Asian player has ever scored 20 goals in a season in England.

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