Park sets new Asian benchmark

ROME - South Korean Park Ji-sung became the first Asian to play in the Champions League final but his memorable night ended on a low note as Manchester United were beaten 2-0 by Barcelona and deposed as European champions. Park, 28, was named in the starting line-up by coach Alex Ferguson a year after he was left out of last season's Champions League final against Chelsea. He had an early chance to score in the second minute in Rome when he reacted first to a rebound off Barca goalkeeper Victor Valdes after a free-kick from Cristiano Ronaldo but before he could shoot a superb tackle from Barca captain Carles Puyol forced the ball away for a corner. He failed to make much of an impact after that as United were largely outplayed by the opposition midfield before being replaced by Dimitar Berbatov in the 66th minute. UNITED FANS! Check’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Wayne Rooney, Peter Schmeichel, Carlos Tevez Q&A Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruud Van Nistlerooy One on One David Beckham, George Best Ask A Silly Question Bryan Robson Boy's A Bit Special Danny Simpson Perfect XI Garth Crooks, Bryan Robson, Sir Bobby Charlton, Eric Cantona What Happened Next? David May, Norman Whiteside Sing When You’re Winning Dominic Monaghan, Ian Brown And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan Plus! Rate United players (and others) on Talentspotter BARCELONA FANS! Check’s ever-expanding interviews section for more stuff to read: Q&A Samuel Eto'o, Cesc Fabregas Web Exclusives Cesc Fabregas, Gary Lineker One on One Mark Hughes, Thierry Henry, Ronaldo Perfect XI Gheorghe Hagi, Hristo Stoichkov, Ronald Koeman Plus! Rate Barca players (and others) on Talentspotter