Son brace boosts Hamburgs Europa hopes

14 April 2013 02:47

South Korea striker Son Heung-Min breathed life back into Hamburg's Europa League aspirations with two goals in their 2-1 win at Mainz which broke their three-match losing streak in the Bundesliga.

The 20-year-old has now scored 11 goals in 28 league games for Hamburg this season after his brace at Mainz on Saturday as he hammered home his first off the crossbar on 61 minutes, before adding his second nine minutes from time.

After defeats to Augsburg and Freiburg, which followed Hamburg's 9-2 hammering at Bayern Munich, the win at Mainz leaves Thorsten Fink's team eighth in the Bundesliga and just one point away from a Europa League place.

"It's a dream for me, to score two goals is something special, of course," said Son, who scored his first goals for Hamburg since their shock 4-1 win at Borussia Dortmund in February.

Son's contract runs until June 2014 and Hamburg are eager for him to sign an extension with interest from several Premier League clubs, including Tottenham Hotspur.

"Soni has worked really hard, his first goal was a break through for us and for him," said Fink.

"We should see that we sort things out soon, he wants that too and he knows that I rely on him."

Source: AFP