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Ryu Seung-woo nets his first goal in Hungarian league

Ryu Seung-woo, who is playing for the Ferencvarosi Torna Club in Hungary this year on loan from Bayer Leverkusen, scored his first goal in the Hungarian football league during his debut match.

While Ferencvarosi was trailing 0-1 against MTK, Ryu scored in the 70th minute. He was substituted into the match at the onset of the second half. Despite Ryu’s goal, his club lost to MTK 2-1 after conceding a goal in the very last minute of the match.

Ryu, a Gimhae native who joined Bayer Leverkusen in 2014, rarely saw playing time with the elite Bundesliga club. Ryu had been loaned out to other German league teams such as Eintracht Braunschweig and Arminia Bielefeld before finally joining the Hungarian club before the season.

Ryu was also on the Korean national team during the 2016 Rio Olympics as its key player, tallying three goals and three assists. Despite his effort, Korea failed to medal.

Elsewhere in Europe, Lee Chung-yong of Crystal Palace played in the English Premier League match against Middlesbrough on Saturday at Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough, England. Crystal Palace edged the host 2-1.

Lee has played in all four games that his club has competed in since the season started, the first two as a starter and the last two as a substitute.

By Choi Hyung-jo



MIXED MARTIAL ARTS

Former wrestling star CM Punk pounded in UFC debut

CLEVELAND — CM Punk could have used a folding chair or a tag-team partner.

Out of pro wrestling’s scripted ring, his first trip into the octagon didn’t last long.

Punk, who was one of WWE’s biggest stars when he left it two years ago to try his hand in ultimate fighting, tapped out just 2:14 into the first round after he was pummeled and choked by Mickey Gall on the UFC 203 undercard Saturday night.

The 38-year-old Punk was on his back less than ten seconds into the fight. Pinned up against the octagon’s cage, he was unable to get out from under Gall, who landed numerous blows to both sides of Punk’s head.

After stepping into the eight-sided arena at Quicken Loans Arena for the first time, Punk smiled as he looked across at Gall, an up-and-coming welterweight from New Jersey who had called out the famous wrestler and pledged to “destroy” him.

Gall made good on his promise, quickly shooting a double-legged takedown on Punk, who seemed in shock as he laid flat on his back.

With Punk lying prone, Gall smashed a right hand into his temple and then kneeled on top of him and swung both arms like a pendulum, connecting with one hard shot after another.

Punk nearly got free, but Gall regained a dominant position and squeezed his opponent’s head like he wanted to snap it off. Punk had no choice but to tap his hand on the mat, ending the fight the way many inside UFC predicted.

“Yeah you know in life you go big or you go home,” Punk said afterward.

AP


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