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.
Tokyo: Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu has set his sights on winning the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 next month as the Samurai Blue get set to embark on a historic year in which they will also play the Olympic Games on home soil.
The tournament kicks off on January 8 and will act as the qualifying campaign for the Tokyo Olympics, with the top three sides to book their tickets to the Games this summer, which will be the first to be staged in Asia since Beijing 2008.
But while Japan’s place is already secured as hosts, Moriyasu believes that the AFC U23 Championship provides the perfect platform for the future and one which could help fill his side with belief should they repeat their feat of 2016 by claiming the title.
Kuala Lumpur: So often the nearly men of Asian football, having narrowly missed out on a place at the FIFA World Cup on several occasions, Uzbekistan enjoyed one of their finest footballing moments at the AFC U23 Championship China 2018.
A talented young side had claimed the AFC U-16 Championship title in 2012, but that was the only Continental trophy the Central Asians had lifted since joining the Asian Football Confederation in 1994.
Two years ago in Jiangsu, Ravshan Khadarov’s team began slowly before growing into the tournament. We look back how their march to a memorable title unfolded.