Hamburg forward Son Heung-min, left, and Rafael van der Vaart celebrate after the Korean scored against Greuther Furth in Fuerth, southern Germany, Sunday (KST).
By Jung Min-ho
Hamburg’s Son Heung-min netted his fourth goal of the season Sunday (KST) to give his team a 1-0 victory away to Greuther Furth at the Trolli Arena.
The 20-year-old forward scored an impressive individual effort in the 16th minute. He burst into the opponents’ half and beat two defenders before slotting the ball past the keeper, tucking it inside the left post.
With the victory, Hamburg moved to eighth in the German Bundesliga with 3 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses, joining four other teams on 10 points.
The two sides struggled to carve out goal-scoring opportunities in the beginning with many passing errors. But following Son’s goal, Hamburg maintained the upper hand. Any meaningful fight back by Furth was hindered by their poor use of the ball.
Hamburg came out even stronger at the beginning of the second half. Twenty minutes after the break striker Artjoms Rudnevs was one-on-one with the goalkeeper but his left-footed effort was blocked away. Son then shot powerfully from the edge of the area three minutes later but the goalkeeper was again able to beat the ball away.
As the game passed the 70th minute, the visitors seemed to retreat, happy protect their lead. The result means Hamburg has now taken 10 points from their last four outings while Furth are last with one win, one draw and five losses.
Son’s fourth strike of the season put him second in the top scorer table, tied with four others. Mario Mandzukic of league leaders Bayern Munich was first with six goals, as of Sunday.
Son’s rise is good news for the Korean national team with an important World Cup qualifier against Iran on Oct. 17. With veteran striker Lee Dong-gook dropped, hopes turn to young talent for the tricky away match. Son is likely to lead the attack alongside Park Chu-young, currently on loan with Spain’s Celta Vigo’s forward.