Kashima: Korea Republic continued their winning streak with a 3-0 victory over Hong Kong on Matchday Two of the 2022 EAFF E-1 Men’s Football Championship, while Japan were held to a goalless draw by China PR on Sunday.
The results mean Korea Republic and Japan will battle for the title on Wednesday.
Kashima: Some of Asia’s finest teams will take to the field when the EAFF (East Asian Football Federation) E-1 Women’s Football Championship kicks off on Tuesday.
A trio of continental powerhouses in Japan, Korea Republic and China PR will be expected to battle out for the right to be crowned regional champions, while Chinese Taipei are set to return for the third time.
Ahead of the tournament opener between Japan and Korea Republic on Tuesday, the-AFC.com shines the spotlight on the quartet of sides.
Kashima: For the first time since 2019, the EAFF (East Asian Football Federation) E-1 Football Championship will return with four of the region’s top sides set to battle it out in the men’s round robin competition that kicks off on Tuesday.
The tournament, which was initially due to take place in 2021 but was postponed due to COVID-19, will see holders Korea Republic, hosts Japan, China PR and Hong Kong face off in the cities of Kashima and Toyota.
Ahead of the opening fixture between Japan and Hong Kong, the-AFC.com takes a closer look at the participating teams at the competition’s ninth edition.
East Asia Wrap: Leaders drop points in Japan and Korea Republic
Hong Kong: J1 League frontrunners Yokohama F. Marinos needed two late goals to salvage a 2-2 draw against Cerezo Osaka at the weekend but remained five points clear after second-placed Kashima Antlers were held to a goalless draw by Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo.
There was a similar scenario in Korea Republic, meanwhile, as table-toppers Ulsan Hyundai drew 1-1 with Daegu FC, only for second-placed Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors to end 2-2 with Incheon United.
The leaders in China PR, however, did win as Wuhan Three Towns stormed to a 5-0 victory over Wuhan Yangtze to stay clear at the summit. The-AFC.com looks back on the three leagues in this week’s East Asia wrap.
History Makers: China PR at the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup
Kuala Lumpur: July 10 marks the 23rd anniversary of China PR’s run to the FIFA Women's World Cup 1999 final in the United States, when they became the first Asian nation to advance to the deciding game at a senior FIFA tournament.
Dominant at the continental level, China PR were more than a match for other 15 teams in the competition as they came within a whisker of lifting the coveted trophy. Join the-AFC.com as we take a look back at that historic achievement.