The South Korean striker helped his side progress to the second round in this year's World Cup, after scoring the second goal in the 2-2 draw with Nigeria. It's only the second time that the Taeguk Warriors have made it this far in the tournament, emulating their success from eight years ago when they hosted the prestigious tournament.
Not only did the 24-year-old manage to give the South Koreans the lead for a brief period in this encounter, but also scored the first free kick goal of the tournament. Chu-Young stood over the ball just outside the penalty area, confident in his ability to put the Jabulani in the back of the net. And on 49 minutes, that is exactly what he did. He bent the ball expertly around the wall, wrong-footing Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama in the process.
The AS Monaco forward also caused all kinds of confusion for the Nigerian defence with his darting runs into the box.
Park Life | Monaco striker fired South Korea in front with a well-placed free-kick
Goal.com Readers' Top of the Match sponsored by Turkish Airlines: Park Chu-Young
The readers of Goal.com have voted in the same way as the editors, choosing the talented striker as the Turkish Airlines Top of the Match. His positioning in the penalty area aided in his ability to find the ball and cause problems.