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Luca Bruno, Associated Press
South Korean players celebrate after their teammate Koo Ja-cheol scored, as Japan's Hiroshi Kiyotake walks by during the men's soccer bronze medal match between Japan and South Korea, in Cardiff, Wales, at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012.

CARDIFF, Wales — Park Chu-young scored a brilliant individual goal to help South Korea to a 2-0 victory over regional rivals Japan on Friday and a bronze medal in Olympic men's football.

It was South Korea's first medal in the competition, and also the first by any Asian team in 44 years.

Park scored in the 38th minute after running with the ball from just inside his own half.

Koo Ja-cheol got the second goal not long into the second half, latching onto a long goal kick and finishing on his second touch.

Japan captain Maya Yoshida headed into the goal in the 86th, but it was disallowed for a foul by Yuki Otsu on the goalkeeper.