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09/10/2013 08:30, Report by Tim Oscroft

#17 – Park life

Ji-sung Park scores in his third consecutive World Cup for South Korea...

Player: Ji-sung Park
Match: South Korea v Greece, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, 12 June 2010
 
Ji-sung Park had helped South Korea establish themselves as a force to be reckoned with at successive World Cup finals when he achieved a notable personal success in 2010.

Renowned for his selfless, hard-working displays for both club and country, Park became the first Asian player to score in three consecutive World Cups when he bagged the opener against Greece at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

His goal against Portugal had seen his country, co-hosts with Japan, make the last 16 in 2002, while four years later a close-range effort had secured a draw with France.

For his next World Cup trick, Park seized upon a mistake by Greek defender Vyntra before coolly despatching the ball past goalkeeper Tzorvas for the second Korean goal in their 2-0 Group B opening match win.

Park and South Korea’s interest in the finals ended when Uruguay knocked them out in the last 16, but the United star had every reason to be proud of his performances on the highest stage in international football.

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