S. Korea nat'l football team win crucial World Cup qualifier
Updated: 2021-06-07 16:02:43 KST
Time now for "This Week in Sports" and so joining us in the studio is our sports editor Paul Neat.
Paul, let's begin with the South Korean National Football Team.
A dominant performance on Saturday in a crucial World Cup qualifier?
Yes, indeed. South Korea on Saturday picked up a comfortable 5-0 win over Turkmenistan.
In the first of three World Cup qualifiers this month, Korea ran out winners thanks to a brace from Hwang Ui-jo, and goals from Nam Tae-hee, Kim Young-gwon and K League returnee Kwon Chang-hoon.
It was a slick and impressive performance with manager Paulo Bento finally able to have most of his key players fit and available for selection.
Earlier on Saturday, Lebanon beat Sri Lanka 3-2 meaning that Korea's lead at the top of the group is on goal difference only… plus 15 to plus 5.
Korea face Sri Lanka this Wednesday followed by Lebanon on Sunday.
Meanwhile, former Barcelona youth Paik Seung-ho on Sunday scored his first K League goal.
Allowed to leave the Olympic team's training camp, Paik gave Jeonbuk a 16th minute lead via a free-kick from outside the area in a 5-1 win over Seongnam.
It was Jeonbuk's first win in eight matches in all competitions.
South Korea's captain is Son Heung-min and he was named in the Premier League Team of the Year, what can you tell us about that?
Yes, indeed. After a superb season for Son, he has been named in the Premier League Team of the Year.
The eleven is voted for annually by fellow players and recognizes the top flight's outstanding performers.
Son ended the season on 17 goals, the fourth highest in the league this year and on a personal best.
He also laid on 10 assists and combined with Harry Kane for a record 14 goals this term.
A change up to baseball now, I understand the KBO has asked the South Korean government to ease COVID-19 restrictions in stadiums. Give us more details.
KBO has asked the South Korean government to ease COVID-19 protocols on fans in the stands.
Currently, fans aren't allowed to consume food or drink from their seats… they can only do so in designated areas in the concourse.
KBO also wants to see crowd capacity caps raised.
Currently, the cap is at 10 percent in the greater Seoul area and 30 percent elsewhere, based on social distancing levels.
Only recently did health authorities allow fans to sit together in a row if they're traveling as a group of four.
The sports ministry on Sunday confirmed the request and said that the matter will be discussed.
It has been reported that each club lost on average 100 million U.S. dollars last year due to a lack of income from fans.
And finally to tennis Roger Federer said on Saturday that he was going to decide whether or not to withdraw from the French Open the following day.
It seems like injury concerns have influence in his decision?
Roger Federer has withdrawn from the French Open to protect his body despite reaching the fourth round.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion made the decision the day after a grueling third-round win over Dominik Koepfer.
He said that he feels it is important to listen to his body after over a year of rehab.
Adding that he was thrilled to be able to return to playing after knee surgery.
Federer has withdrawn to concentrate on Wimbledon and was due to face Italian ninth seed Matteo Berrettini on Monday.
Elsewhere, Serena Williams was knocked out in the fourth round.
Williams lost in straight sets 6-3, 7-5 to Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan.
Thank-you for that, Paul. We shall see you next week.