Bayer Leverkusen's new player Son Heung-min, left, is embraced by Stefan Kiessling after scoring during the team's German Cup first-round match against SV Lippstadt in Lippstadt, Germany, Saturday. / AP-Yonhap
By Kim Tong-hyung
In joining the team where Korean football legend Cha Bum-kun spent his glory years, Son Heung-min was keen to pay tribute to their past. On Sunday (KST), he offered a glimpse of their future.
The 21-year-old Korean scored a goal and assisted on another in his debut for Bayern Leverkusen as the visiting Champions League contestants devoured Regional League side SV Lippstadt 6-1 in the first round of the German Cup.
Son came off the bench in the second half with his team up 3-1. After passing up a couple of chances, he made it 4-1 in the 63rd minute, taking a pass from Stefan Kiessling, shaking off a defender, and slotting a left footer past Lippstadt goalkeeper Christopher Sander.
Son assisted on the team's fifth goal about 20 minutes later with Sidney Sam heading in his cross from the left. He came close to picking up his second assist of the game when he dribbled around Sander and found Kiessling in front of the empty net.
However, the reigning Bundesliga scoring champ knocked the ball above the crossbar. Kiessling eventually scored the team's sixth goal to complete the rout.
Coming off a career year with Hamburg, where he scored 12 goals, the ninth most in top-flight German football last season, Son joined Leverkusen in the offseason.
He is considered the best Korean football prospect since a young Park Ji-sung who showed an impressive combination of speed, skills, vision and striking prowess.