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.