Park Ji-sung made a promising return to PSV Eindhoven on Saturday, scoring a late equalizer against Heracles Almelo to salvage a point for the Dutch club. It was his second match for PSV since moving there on loan this summer, and his 86th-minute leveler saw the game end 1-1.
A few days earlier on Tuesday, Park started for PSV in a UEFA Champions League playoff match against AC Milan, helping the team eke out a similar draw on his debut.
Saturday's goal ended a long drought for Park, who had not found the back of the net since scoring for Queen's Park Rangers in an FA Cup match against Liverpool on Jan. 28, 2012.
The game started badly for PSV, with Lerin Duarte grabbing the opener for Heracles in just six minutes. Manager Philip Cocu brought Park on as a sub for injured captain Georginio Wijnaldum in the 66th minute, and his presence immediately changed the flow of the game. After creating numerous chances for his teammates, Park successfully converted a pass from Stijn Schaars.
Showing his skill and determination, Park made the shot despite being off-balance as he battled three defenders. "I thought I'd won a penalty because I was pushed by a defender and started to fall. But as I didn't hear the whistle, I held on and took the shot. It wasn't the most spectacular goal, but at least it helped the club scrape a point," he said.
Park's performance won him much praise from fans and critics, and the team's website was inundated with congratulatory messages heralding his return.