Taeguk Warriors get job done, Nadeshiko on cloud nine
Busan: Tournament hosts Korea Republic got their men’s campaign off to a winning start, while Japan totally outclassed Chinese Taipei in the women’s tournament as the 2019 EAFF E-1 Football Championship continued on Wednesday.
Late goals in either half helped Paulo Bento’s side to a 2-0 win over Hong Kong, while Asako Takakura’s Nadeshiko showed why they are Asian champions with a 9-0 victory.
Japan up and running, Bell’s bow ends in stalemate
Busan: Japan began their men’s 2019 EAFF E-1 Football Championship campaign with a 2-1 win over China PR, while the women’s competition ended in a scoreless draw between Korea Republic and China PR on Tuesday.
J1 League pair Musashi Suzuki and Genta Miura found the back of the net for Hajime Moriyasu’s side, who became the only team to finish the tournament’s opening day with a perfect three points.
The East Asian regional competition, which features men’s and women’s championships played concurrently, will continue on a round-robin basis until next Wednesday.
Bento expects normal service from Korea Republic in regional meet
Ulsan: The likes of Son Heung-min and Hwang Hee-chan may not be a part of the Korea Republic squad but the target for the Taeguk Warriors in the 2019 EAFF E-1 Championship will be the same - playing their best.
Head coach Paulo Bento's squad for the regional tournament consists of players who play their club football in Korea Republic, China and Japan.
The lone exception is Vancouver Whitecaps FC midfielder Hwang In-beom while the Europe-based players were not called up to allow them to focus on their club commitments.
Tanaka hopes to turn Asian success into Olympic springboard
Tokyo: Nippon TV Beleza captain Mina Tanaka has revealed her determination to play a role in Japan’s bid for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games success.
The in-form striker made the pledge in the wake of her superb hat-trick against Melbourne Victory on Saturday, which helped Beleza to their inaugural AFC Women’s Club Championship title in Yongin.
Tanaka’s four goals in that tournament followed 20 in Japan’s Nadeshiko League, a competition where she was also voted Most Valuable Player, but the 25-year-old has recently been a conspicuous absentee at the international level.
Adelaide: Australia made it two wins over Chile in less than a week, defeating the South Americans 1-0 in a friendly international at Hindmarsh Stadium on Tuesday.
Emily Gielnik scored the game’s only goal in the 23rd minute, while Sam Kerr provided the assist, had a penalty saved and hit the woodwork on a night where the Australian captain did everything but score.
The match was part of the Matildas’ preparation for next February’s Olympic Qualifiers, where they will meet Chinese Taipei, Thailand and China PR on the Road to Tokyo.