Hwang’s sweet strike makes it three in a row for Korea Republic
Busan: A superb Hwang In-beom strike helped Korea Republic win a third consecutive EAFF E-1 Football Championship title with a 1-0 triumph over Japan at Busan Asiad Main Stadium on Wednesday.
The Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder – the only player on the pitch currently playing his club football outside of East Asia - made all the difference with a sweetly hit 28th-minute goal, which ultimately secured Paulo Bento’s first piece of silverware as national team coach.
Earlier, China PR defeated Hong Kong 2-0 to finish third.
Busan: A late penalty kick from Yuka Momiki sealed Japan’s first EAFF E-1 Football Championship women’s title in nine years after they defeated hosts Korea Republic 1-0 on Tuesday.
The Nadeshiko only needed a draw to win the competition, but Momiki made sure the prize was safe when she calmly dispatched a spot-kick which broke an 88-minute deadlock at Busan Gudeok Stadium.
Korea Republic’s defeat, their first under newly appointed head coach Colin Bell, saw them finish the tournament in second place, while China PR secured third earlier in the day with a 1-0 win over Tokyo 2020 Qualifiers rivals Chinese Taipei.
Busan: Korea Republic’s men’s and women’s national teams both claimed important victories to keep their respective 2019 EAFF E-1 Football Championship campaigns alive in Busan on Sunday.
Paulo Bento’s charges claimed a 1-0 win over China PR in the men’s competition, while the Korea Republic women's team ended a nine-month winless streak with a convincing 3-0 victory over Chinese Taipei, with both tournaments now set to be decided by Korea Republic-Japan clashes in midweek.
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.