Not to be outdone by the elder Park (Ji-Sung)’s heroic antics at Old Trafford yesterday, Park Chu-young scored a late five-minute brace against AS Nancy and helping the men in red and white to a morale-boosting four goal win.
After missing a gilt-edged chance in the first half, Park Chu-young, restored to his preferred role of target man, had the ball in the net in the 80th minute, well after Monaco had established a two-goal lead courtesy of two own goals by Benjamin Gavanon and Jordan Loties. Unfortunately, the linesman had already called offsides and Park was subsequently booked. It was, however, a portend of things to come as Park had the ball in the net only two minutes later, this time legitimately as winger Aubemeyang sent in a low cross from the right and Park was on hand to finish. AS Nancy’s defense were at sixes and sevens in dealing with the speed of Malonga, Park, and Aubemeyang and only a mere three minutes later, Park broke a high offside trap, ran onto a beautifully weighted through ball and elegantly finished past goalkeeper Damien Gregorini.
Park’s brace brings him up to four goals for the season and should serve as the perfect jumping-off point for his Asian Games debut.