Nick Bidwell’s Notes From Germany: Ji Dong-won Was Two Objective Hero In opposition to Dortmund
One, two, Ji. The 2-goal hero of the hour as Augsburg eased their relegations fears with a shock 2-1 house victory over league leaders Dortmund, South Korean attacker Ji Dong-won very a lot deserves his share of fine fortune
The 27-year-old striker or winger, now in his third spell with FCA, had been on a bread and water weight loss plan for many of this time period, typically confined to the bench and sidelined for 3 months after damaging knee ligaments whereas celebrating a objective in opposition to Mainz in September.
However unexpectedly the forgotten man is scorching sizzling once more, not solely delivering the all-important brace to see off Dortmund, but additionally on the score-sheet a few weeks earlier in a Three-2 defeat to Bayern Munich. Clearly the larger stakes, the bettter he likes it. Simply 12 months in the past, FCA had been blissful to ship him on mortgage to second division Darmstadt. Now Augsburg hope to supply him a brand new contract.
With only some months left on his present deal, that must be the precedence for the Augsburg high brass. In a line-leading position in opposition to Dortmund, he was fairly sensational, eternally exposing opposition defenders together with his clever positioning, adhesive contact on the ball and continuous exuberance.
Nobody within the Dortmund rearguard appeared to know the right way to deal with him and his second objective particularly was a masterclass, latching on to a misplaced go from ‘Schwarz-Gelben’ full-back Achraf Hakimi, sprinting clear and turning stopper Dan-Axel Zagadou in and out earlier than calmly clipping the ball house.
“His second objective was completely world-class,” enthused Augsburg common supervisor Stefan Reuter. “It was a stroke of genius. The best high quality. Sensible. This was a exceptional efficiency. He fought for each ball, labored so exhausting and was rewarded with each our objectives..”
His substantial position within the downfall of Dortmund – solely the Black-and-Yellows’ second defeat of the marketing campaign – would have been particularly satisfying for the Korean. He spent an sad six months on the Dortmund roster in 2014-15, handicapped by a knee drawback and by no means rising above the station of bit-part reserve teamer. He merely couldn’t wait to return to Augsburg.
As soon as on the books of Premier League Sundertland, Ji attributes his kind explosion to a easy shot of confidence. “Proper now, I really feel there’s a lot religion in me. That helps a lot. I not too long ago noticed my good pal (and fellow countryman) Heung-Min Son rating for Tottenham in opposition to Dortmund within the Champions League. I believed I might try this too.”
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What We Discovered This Week
1. Sinking Schalke
Regardless of Schalke’s lowly league place (14th) and horrible outcomes of late – the Four-Zero house loss to newly-promoted Fortuna Dusseldorf was the Royal Blues’ sixth Bundesliga match and not using a win – the board are reported to be standing by coach Domenico Tedesco. Nicely, at the very least for now. The Gelsenkirchener are seven factors above the relegation zone and if any extra humiliations ensue, the panic button might be pressed. They don’t do persistence or indulgence right here.
2. Kaiser’s Bayern blessing.
Franz Beckenbauer, the enduring ex-Bayern Munich and Germany libero and coach, is backing his former membership to prevail over Dortmund in what guarantees to a nerve-jangling title run-in. ” Dortmund had a improbable Autumn Championship, ” Der Kaiser advised Bild. ” Nevertheless soccer is to a fantastic extent performed within the thoughts and they have right into a log-jam (only one Bundesliga victory in 5). If they will discover the answer to it, they are going to be sturdy once more. The one query is when. I’ve had the sensation for some time that Bayern have turned the nook. ”
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