No Son vs. Salah showdown in Seoul when S. Korean nat'l team wraps up June friendlies
Updated: 2022-06-13 17:19:19 KST
And time now for "This Week in Sports" and so joining us in the studio is our sports editor Paul Neat.
Good evening, Paul.
Let's begin with football and the South Korean national team.
Three of the four June friendlies played so far: one win, one loss, and one draw.
Yes, a mixed set of results so far for South Korea.
The latest was a 2-2 draw with Paraguay on Friday in Suwon.
Korea came from 2-nil behind to earn a late draw in that one.
Son Heung-min fired in a 66th-minute free-kick his second in as many matches before Freiburg forward Jeong Woo-young steered home a 93rd-minute equaliser… Ulsan Hyundai duo Kim Young-gwon and Um Won-sang pivotal in the build-up, Um with the assist.
Son is now on 33 goals for his country, level with Lee Dong-gook and Kim Jae-han to sit joint fourth.
Manager Paulo Bento lamented his side's "unforced mistakes" in the post-match press conference and said that, although his team fought back to earn a draw, it was not a good performance.
The draw came on the back of a 2-0 win over Chile in Daejeon last Monday.
Hwang Hee-chan and Son Heung-min on the scoresheet in that one.
For Son it was his 100th cap for Korea.
The two results have gone some way in putting the 5-1 loss to Brazil behind them.
And up next is Egypt but their star player Mohamed Salah is unable to play. What can you tell us about that?
Yes, that's right. No Son-Salah showdown as Salah has been forced to withdraw from the Egypt squad due to injury.
Fans were hoping to see a match-up between the two Premier League Golde Boot winners with both Son and Salah ending the season on 23.
Without Salah, Egypt suffered a shock 2-0 loss to Ethiopia in a 2023 African Cup of Nations qualifying match last Thursday.
Korea ranked 29th take on 32-ranked Egypt on Tuesday at Seoul World Cup Stadium with an 8 PM kick off Korea time.
There have been 17 previous meetings, South Korea have recorded five wins, seven draws and five losses against Egypt.
Changing things up to baseball. Choi Ji-man's good form continues, yet another hit for him over the weekend.
Yes, South Korean first baseman Choi Ji-man has extended his career-high hitting streak to 11 games.
Choi went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a walk in a 6-zero victory over the Minnesota Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis on Sunday local time.
Batting second, Choi picked up in the game's first run with an infield single in the third inning.
It gave Choi an RBI in four straight games, meaning he is just one shy of matching a career-best streak of five set in May 2021 and matched in April this year.
Choi struck out in the fifth and drew a walk in the seventh.
He then doubled in his final plate appearance in the ninth inning for his ninth multihit game out of 41 he's played so far in 2022.
During his current hitting streak, Choi has raised his batting average from point-2-5-8 to point-2-8-4.
With 31 RBIs, Choi is tied for first with Randy Aroz-arena among Rays players, despite playing in 17 fewer games and recording 90 fewer at-bats.
This is after Choi hit his fifth home run of the season on Friday in the Tampa Bay Rays' 2-1 victory over the Saint Louis Cardinals.
Choi belted a two-run home being the difference.
To basketball now and the NBA. The Final Series is neck and neck heading into Game Five later this week.
Yes, it is. The Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors are tied at two-two so far.
It has been a real back and forth series with each team taking turns to win matches.
Game four from Saturday at TD Garden in Boston ended 107 to 97 to the Warriors.
The win was led largely by Steph Curry who scored 43 points the second-most he's scored in the NBA Finals.
Game Five is to be played at Chase Center, San Francisco at 9 PM local time Monday or 10 AM Tuesday here in South Korea.
It's a best-of-seven series and with it being tied at two games each, either the Celtics or the Warriors would need to win two more games to be crowned as champions.
And to the latest in the KLPGA. It was a wire-to-wire victory for Park Min-ji over the weekend.
Yes, Park on Sunday won the Celltrion Queens Masters.
In Yangyang, Gangwon-do Province, Park finished three strokes ahead of rookie Kim Min-ju.
Overall, Park finished 14-under par to defend her 2021 title in the same event.
It was a quiet final round after parring the first 17 holes on Sunday.
But Park earned her second win of the season as she sunk her eagle putt in the par-5 18th hole.
Park led the first round on Friday after carding nine birdies and two bogies.
The second round was not too different as Park kept her place at the top of the leaderboard after carding eight birdies and two bogies.
She is now the first golfer on the KLPGA Tour to have multiple wins this season.
And, she is the first golfer this season to win a title with an eagle on the last hole.
Meanwhile, in men's golf Rory McIlroy finished at 19-under par to claim the PGA Canada Open in Toronto on Sunday local time defending his title from last year.
This was McIlroy's 21st career title which has moved him up to third in the world rankings
Alright, thanks for that Paul. We'll see you next week.