South Korea beats Japan to get Olympic bronze
Park Chu-young scored a brilliant individual goal to lead South
Korea to a 2-0 victory over Japan on Friday and a bronze medal in
Olympic men’s soccer.
It was South Korea’s first medal in the competition, and also
the first by any Asian team since the 1968 Mexico City Games, when
Japan won the bronze.
Park scored in the 38th minute after picking up a deflected
clearance just inside his own half. He ran past two retreating
defenders and shot low past goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda.
Koo Ja-cheol got the second goal 10 minutes into the second
half, latching onto a long goal kick and finishing on his second
Japan’s captain Maya Yoshida scored what appeared to be a goal
on a header in the 86th minute, but it was disallowed for a foul by
Yuki Otsu on the goalkeeper.
Brazil and Mexico play in the gold-medal match Saturday at
Wembley Stadium in London.