South Korea beats Japan to retain Asiad men's football title-Xinhua

South Korea beats Japan to retain Asiad men's football title

Source: Xinhua

Editor: huaxia

2023-10-07 23:08:30

HANGZHOU, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- South Korea came back to overcome Japan 2-1 in the men's football final here on Saturday, taking their third consecutive Asian Games title.

South Korea had beaten Uzbekistan 2-1 while Japan had eased past Hong Kong, China 4-0 to reach the final.

Japan enjoyed a dream start as Uchino Kotaro hit Kein Sato's cross into the back of the net just two minutes into the game.

South Korea equalized in the 27th minute as Jeong Woo-yeong headed Hwang Jae-won's pinpoint pass home. Jeong scored seven goals in the competition to win the Golden Boot award for top goalscorer.

The South Koreans kept their momentum in the second half. Hwang dribbled through the middle to cause chaos in Japan's box, Cho Young-wook picked up the loose ball and sent it home in the 56th minute.

Victory in the Asian Games ensures that South Korea's players are now exempt from the country's mandatory military service, ensuring that their professional careers will not be interrupted.

In the bronze medal match, Norchaev Khusain scored twice as Uzbekistan beat Hong Kong, China 4-0.