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Tottenham’s Son scores penalty in Korea’s 8-0 Olympic rout of Fiji

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Spurs’ forward Son Heung-Min scored from the penalty spot as South Korea blitzed past overmatched Fiji.

Rio 2016 Olympics Inaugural Ceremony of Korean Athletes Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

South Korea scored eight goals, seven in the second half, and cruised past Fiji 8-0 in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on Thursday night. Ryu Seungwoo scored a hat trick on the night, and Kwon Changhoon and Suk Hyunjun each added braces. Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min added a penalty to round out the scoring for Korea.

Fiji defended courageously for much of the first half but never really mustered a lot on offense. Still, Korea wasn’t able to break the deadlock until the 32nd minute when Ryu Seungwoo poked the ball past Fiji keeper Simione Tamanisau.

The second half was all Korea. The Taegeuk Warriors scored three goals, two of them by Kwon Changhoon, in the span of three minutes midway through the half, and Fiji’s defense completely fell apart.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-Min, arguably the best player in Korea at the moment, didn’t start the match but was a second half substitute. He too got on the scoresheet after slotting home a penalty in the 72nd minute.

The emphatic win, combined with Mexico’s 2-2 draw with Germany, means Korea are currently top of their Olympic group with three points and a commanding goal differential.

Highlights of the match, which includes several of Korea’s goals (but not Sonny’s penalty, alas) are available on NBC’s Olympic website. Korea next take on Germany this Sunday at 3:00 p.m. ET (8 pm BST).