Middlesbrough flop scores screamer in Asian Champions League

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Lee Dong-Gook may have been a massive flop in the North East - but he is top dog for Jeonbuk Motors.

In 2006 Middlesbrough completed an 18 month deal to sign South Korean international Lee Dong-Gook for free after he had come out of military service in his homeland and upon the granting of his work permit Boro coach Colin Cooper had this to say of their new acquisition.

"We've tested him physically and tactically. He's missed a lot of football, and he seems keen and very hungry to play."

Lee signed for Boro after only recently overcoming a series of cruciate knee ligament injuries - so he was always going to struggle finding his feet in the Premier League.

In fact - he never did.

He never scored in his 23 Premier League appearances - his only goals for the club came against Mansfield Town and Northampton Town in respective domestic cup fixtures - and he was allowed to leave upon his contract expiring in 2008.

He went home - joining Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma and again he struggled - but since making a move to Jeonbuk Motors in 2009 he has not looked back.

Now the 34-year-old is their leading attacking option and heads into the World Cup this summer as a regular for his nation.

And last night he showed just why.

Jeonbuk drew 2-2 with Melbourne Victory in the Asian Champions League yesterday evening - with Lee scoring two goals in the space of three minutes of the tie.

The second of which was an absolute screamer…

If only he had done that whilst on Riverside…

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