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.
Korea Republic fall to Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Paraguay settle for draw
Abu Dhabi: Korea Republic had to concede to Brazil's superiority as the South Americans ended a run of five games without a win by easing to a 3-0 victory in a friendly in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday with Philippe Coutinho scoring the pick of the goals.
Coutinho, currently on loan at Bayern Munich from Barcelona, curled a free-kick from 22 yards high into the net to put Brazil 2-0 up after 35 minutes.
Before that he had played a part in the opener, producing some delightful footwork to pick out Renan Lodi, whose cross from the left was headed in from close range by AC Milan midfielder Lucas Paqueta.
Beirut: Captain Son Heung-min and forward Hwang Ui-jo have apologised for not putting their chances away after Korea Republic were held to a 0-0 draw by Lebanon in their Asian Qualifiers Group H match on Thursday.
It was the East Asians second draw, having been held 0-0 by DPR Korea in Pyongyang last month, but Son and Hwang admitted that the Taeguk Warriors should have taken full points against Lebanon.
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.
Nadeshiko too strong for South Africa, China PR win Yongchuan Tournament
Fukuoka: Japan’s build-up to next year’s Tokyo Olympics continued with 2-0 win over South Africa, while China PR beat Brazil on penalties after a 0-0 to win the Yongchuan International Tournament in Chingqing on Sunday
Japan 2-0 South Africa
All of the scoring came in the first half, with Olympique Lyonnais star Saki Kumagai notching a rare international goal in the 20th minute before Yuika Sugasawa added a second four minutes before half time.
Japan’s success follows last month’s 4-0 success over Canada, as the Asian champions look to challenge for medals in their home Olympics next August.
Tokyo 2020 Women's Tournament final qualifying round groups drawn
Kuala Lumpur: The journey to identify the two teams who will join Japan in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Women’s Football Tournament has begun, following the official draw for Round 3 of the Asian Qualifiers at the AFC House on Friday.
Group A will have DPR Korea, hosts Korea Republic, Vietnam and Myanmar.
Group B pitted Australia, hosts China PR, Thailand and Chinese Taipei.