Son Heung-Min was on fire with Hamburg as his sensational brace helped his side to an unexpected 3-2 win over reigning champions Borussia Dortmund at the Imtech Arena. The 20-year-old opened the scoring after just two minutes when he headed home a perfect Rafael Van der Vaart's cross from the left flank, before netting his team's third seconds before the hour mark with a magnificent solo display which saw him fire a sublime strike past Roman Weidenfeller.
Park Chu-Young continued the great week-end for the Koreans with his first goal for La Liga new-boys Celta Vigo in their 2-1 over Getafe. After coming on in in the 67th minutes for Mario Bermejo, the former Lille men struck a right-footed volley from close-range just two minutes later to become the first player from his country to score in Spain's to flight.
Ki Sung-Yeung made his full Premier League debut as Swansea City were thumped 3-0 by Everton at home. The 23-year-old, who went close to scoring in the first-half when his curling effort finished inches wide of the post, described as 'crazy' his first real game for the Swans and he's desperate to get more minutes on the pitch to fit into Michael Laudrup's system.
"For me, it was a little bit crazy because it was my first game and there were goals, a red card and I ended up in defence," he told the club's official website. "The pace and power of the Premier League is what I expected, and I’ll adapt more and more with every game I play."
Shinji Kagawa made his return to the Manchester United starting lineup in their emotional 2-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield. With his team down 1-0, Kagawa's biggest contribution came when he set up Rafael's equalizer with a chest pass in the 51st minute.
Elsewhere in Europe, it was a good weekend for Kagawa's former team-mates from his time at Cerezo Osaka.
Hiroshi Kiyotake continued his good form for Nurnberg, making a full appearance in their 2-1 loss to Frankfurt. The Japan international made a valiant effort in the loss, setting up Sebastian Polter's goal in the 76th minute and overall acquitting himself well.
Opposite Kiyotake was Takashi Inui, who scored the eventual game-winning goal at the hour mark. The goal was Inui's second in a row, and helped Frankfurt to their fourth straight win as they remain tied with Bayern for first place. The attacker is shining in his first European top-flight season and looks set to continue in his role as a starter.
Tommy Oar put in a full shift in Utrecht's 1-0 away win over Roda JC. The 20-year-old was involved in his team's goal as his cross from free-kick in the 34th minute was tapped home by Dave Bulthuis following a mistake from Roda's goalkeeper Filip Kurto.
Tim Cahill played 90 minutes as New York Red Bulls conceded a last-minute goal in their 1-1 draw against New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium. The former Everton man set up his team's opener as his header from a Wilman Conde's cross was nodded home by Joel Lindpere, before Darrius Barnes sealed the point for the home side.
Alex Brosque ended his two-month goal drought with a well placed free-kick in Shimizu S-Pulse's 3-2 loss to Cerezo Osaka. The Australia international showed again his ability in set pieces but his sixth of the campaign wasn't enough to prevent the defeat for his team, who now sit in ninth place.
Matthew Spiranovic scored his first goal for Al-Arabi as they drew 1-1 at home against Al-Khor. The former Urawa Reds and Nurnberg centre-back put his side ahead on 14 minutes with a header from free-kick, before Julio Cesar's 63rd minute leveller rescued a point for the visitors.
Philippine international goalkeeper Neil Etheridge made his English league debut with a clean sheet in Bristol Rovers' goalless draw at home against Fleetwood Town. six years after signing his first professional contract.
The 22-year-old, currently on loan from Fulham, wasn't particularly threatened during the match and had to make just one save before the hour mark. But he was satisfied with the teams' efforts to get the three points and posted to his Twitter account: "Clean sheet, 0-0 would have been nice to get a win but we worked hard and played well."
By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Captain Thiago Alcantara scored a first-half hat-trick to inspire Spain to a 4-2 win over Italy in the European Under-21 championship final on Tuesday. The defending champions had little difficulty in breaking down Italy's unusually hesitant defence as Barcelona's Thiago scored with an easy header in the sixth minute, a close-range drive in the 31st and a penalty in the 38th. Spain added the under-21 title to their collection of international crowns, the World …
MADRID (Reuters) - Barcelona defender Carles Puyol is to have surgery on his right knee to remove a cyst which will keep him sidelined for three to four weeks, the Spanish champions said in a statement on Tuesday. The 35-year-old Spain international, who will undergo the procedure on Wednesday, has suffered a string of injuries over the last year, including two operations on the same knee, a fractured cheekbone and a dislocated elbow. ... …
PARIS (Reuters) - The trial of French football stars Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema over claims they paid for sex with an underage call girl was adjourned for procedural reasons on Tuesday until 2014. Benzema, a Real Madrid striker, and Ribery, a Bayern Munich winger, are to be tried on charges of paying Zahia Dehar, a prostitute-turned-fashion muse, for sex in 2008 and 2009, when she was only 16, then 17 years old. Neither footballer showed up in court on Tuesday. The pair, both players in …
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