Maggie your boys took one hell of a beating and all that. This is for connoisseurs of extravagant football commentary … and this brilliantly edited version, which cannot be embedded, is even better: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3iQbKNGZis
How long either will last is anyone’s guess (Tuesday update: the second already seems to have gone). But somehow I knew I would find areas of the South Korean media momentarily more bothered about Ji Dong-won’s superb finish – sidestepping the inconvenient offside issue – than events in North Korea.
Ji is the toast of Seoul just as he is the star of Sunderland. Someone pointed out at the Blackcats list that the Stadium of Light press box places normally snapped up by South Korean journalists were empty yesterday, perhaps reflecting pessimism about his chances of seeing much of the Man City game. They’ll be back at Wigan just in case…
So much of the South Korean press made do with agency reports. Here’s a flavour …
South Korean striker Ji Dong-won started 2012 brilliantly by scoring a stoppage-time winner for Sunderland in a 1-0 win over the English Premier League leader Manchester City on Sunday.
The 21-year-old found the back of the net in the 93rd minute with the last kick of the game, barely 10 seconds left in injury time, to excite more than 40,000 home fans.
The Korean striker, who came on as a substitute in the 78th minute, latched onto Stephane Sessegnon’s pass and rounded goalkeeper Joe Hart, before rolling the ball into the empty net.
Ji Dong-won Scores Heroic Winner Against Man City
Ji Dong-won scored a stoppage-time winner on Sunday to lead Sunderland to a stunning 1-nil victory over Manchester City at the Stadium of Light.
By Cho Mu-hyun
Korea international Ji Dong-won scored a last-gasp winner for Sunderland against Premier League leaders Manchester City, Monday (KST).
The 20-year-old striker rounded goalkeeper Joe Hart to score in the 93rd minute for a surprising 1-0 win against City at the Stadium of Light.
It was his second goal, the first coming against Chelsea in September, when he also struck in the last minute.
“They are one of the best teams in the league and to score the winning goal in the final minute is special,” said Ji, in an interview posted on Sunderland’s official website. “All the fans and my teammates were so happy and that is number one for me.”
He added, “I have scored our first goal for 2012 so hopefully things can carry on going well in the coming year.”