Hwang Ui-jo Scores 10th Goal of Season for Bordeaux

      April 06, 2021 10:20

      Hwang Ui-jo of FC Girondins de Bordeaux scored his 10th goal of the season in an away match against RC Strasbourg Alsace in France's Ligue 1 on Sunday.

      With his team losing 3-1, he scored a penalty in first-half injury time. But in the end, Bordeaux lost the game 3-2.

      He scored for his third consecutive match, achieving a double-digit goal tally for the first time for the French club, which he joined in July 2019 from Japan's Gamba Osaka.

      Hwang aims to set a new record for the most goals by an Asian player in Ligue 1. The current record holder is Park Chu-young, who scored 25 goals for AS Monaco from 2008 to 2011, followed by Daisuke Matsui of Japan with 17 goals.

      He has scored 16 goals so far in two seasons since making his European debut with the club. 

      Hwang Ui-jo of FC Girondins de Bordeaux (right) celebrates with his teammate Hatem Ben Arfa after scoring a goal against RC Strasbourg Alsace in France on Sunday. /AFP-Yonhap

      Hwang's season got off to a poor start, as he was initially used as a winger, rather than his preferred position as a forward striker. He struggled in the new role and performed poorly in the first 12 matches. 

      Last December, Bordeaux manager Jean-Louis Gasset moved him back to striker, and Hwang rediscovered his scoring ability. He scored two goals in five matches that month, and has since posted eight goals in less than four months.

      On the same day, Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur was substituted in the second half in a match against Newcastle United. It was his first game after recovering from an injury he picked up three weeks ago, but failed to score a goal as he attempted no shots.

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