Park achieves double-digit glory with his 10th goal

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Park achieves double-digit glory with his 10th goal

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Park Chu-young

Korean footballer Park Chu-young scored his 10th goal of the season for AS Monaco, making him the second Korean in Europe’s top football leagues to have a two-digit scoring record.

Park scored the second goal in the 67th minute against Arles-Avignon during the 29th round of the French Ligue 1 competition, helping the team to win the away game 2-0.

The 26-year-old volleyed with his right foot and put the ball in the bottom left corner of the net, thanks to a cross from his Brazilian teammate Adriano.

For Park, it was a long awaited goal. The striker has not scored in the league since he netted two goals against SM Caen on Feb. 27. The former FC Seoul player scored five goals in his first season with the French team and netted eight goals last season. This goal was his 10th of the current season.

The goal gave Park a two-digit scoring record, making him the second Korean footballer to score 10 goals or more in a European league in a single season. The first Korean to achieve the feat was Cha Beom-Keun, who played in the German Bundeliga for 10 years. Cha scored 17 league goals for Bayer Leverkusen in the 1985-1986 season. To beat Cha’s record, Park needs at least eight goals in nine league games that remain.

The goal also puts Park’s name on the list of top 10 scorers in the French league alongside Lyon’s Bafetimbi Gomis and Bordeaux’s Anthony Modeste. All three players have scored 10 goals this season and are tied for 10th place in the league’s scoring chart. Moussa Sow from LOSC Lille is top with 20 goals.

Park, who is the captain of the South Korean national football team, was recently rumored to be moving to the English Premier League at the end of the season. He was linked with Liverpool FC and Bolton Wanderers, but no details were released from either side.

Despite the win, AS Monaco was unable to escape the relegation zone, staying in 18th. The team is one point away from safety after 17th place AJ Auxerre tied with Rennes on Saturday.


By Joo Kyung-don [kjoo@joongang.co.kr]


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박주영이 두자릿수 골을 넣은 것은 2008년 프랑스 진출 후 세번째 시즌 만에 처음이다.

한국 선수가 유럽 5대리그(잉글랜드, 스페인, 이탈리아, 독일, 프랑스)에서 한 시즌 두 자릿수 득점을 올린 것은 독일 분데스리가에서 활약했던 차범근 전 수원 삼성 감독이 1985~86시즌 17골을 넣은 이후 25년 만이다.

승점 3점을 챙긴 모나코는 6승14무9패(승점 32)가 돼 이날 무승부를 거둔 17위 오세르(6승15무8패·승점 33)를 1점 차이로 추격하며 강등권 탈출의 희망을 되살렸다.

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