S. Korean forward in fine form ahead of nat'l team duty
SEOUL, March 20 (Yonhap) -- South Korean forward Hwang Hee-chan showed he is in fine form as the young star grabbed a brace in the Austrian Bundesliga ahead of his national team duty this week.
Hwang scored two goals and made an assist in FC Red Bull Salzburg's 5-0 victory against FK Austrian Wien at Red Bull Arena in Salzburg, Austria, on Sunday (local time).
Hwang, who joined Salzburg in 2015, came on to the pitch in the 61st minute, replacing Dimitri Oberlin. He first got on the score sheet in the 78th with a right-footed strike, and delivered the team's third goal.
The 21-year-old then set up Josip Radosevic in the 84th for a 4-0 lead. Hwang rounded off the scoring for Salzburg in the 90th with his left foot after receiving a pass from Stefan Leiner.
Hwang now has seven goals in 18 league matches. He also ended a month-long goalless drought in the Bundesliga. The young forward also has two goals in three Europa League matches this season.
South Korea will expect to see Hwang's recent club form in their upcoming matches. Hwang is one of the 23 players selected by head coach Uli Stielike for two FIFA World Cup qualifiers this month.
South Korea will take on China on the road on Thursday and will face Syria five days later at home. All three countries are in Group A in the final Asian qualifying round for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, along with Iran, Uzbekistan and Qatar.
Hwang will join the South Korean squad in Changsha, China, on Tuesday. He made his international debut against China in September 2016 and later played two more matches for the Taeguk Warriors, but has yet to register a goal.
Hwang previously represented South Korea at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympic Games, where the men's football team suffered a quarterfinals exit.
In this file photo taken on Nov. 11, 2016, South Korean striker Hwang Hee-chan (3rd from L) dribbles the ball against Canadian defenders during their friendly match in Cheonan, South Chungcheong Province. (Yonhap)