Thu, 28 Oct, 2021
Palembang: Extra time goals by Lee Seung-woo and Hwang Hee-chan steered Korea Republic to a 2-1 win over Japan in the 2018 Asian Games Indonesia men's football final at the Pakan Sari Stadium on Saturday.
Korea Republic deserved the win, having dominated the final as they defended the gold medal won on home soil in the 2014 Games, but Japan produced a plucky performance which augurs well for their 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games preparations.
It was a highly anticipated final between two of Asia's biggest teams and the fans packed the Pakan Sari Stadium stands, having earlier witnessed the United Arab Emirates defeat Vietnam in a penalty shoot-out to claim the bronze.
Korea Republic, who had grown from strength to strength as the tournament progressed, were the quicker to settle as Japan struggled to get the ball.