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Korea lose to Japan to finish runner-up at men's E. Asian football tournament

South Korea and Japan held a football match in Seoul, Wednesday (Yonhap)
South Korea and Japan held a football match in Seoul, Wednesday (Yonhap)


South Korea fell to Japan 3-0 to finish runner-up at an East Asian men's football tournament on Wednesday.

   South Korea conceded three goals in the second half in their last match of the East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) E-1 Football Championship held at Toyota Stadium in Toyota, Japan.

   It is the second consecutive defeat to Japan following the 3-0 loss in a friendly last year.

   South Korea wrapped up the four-nation tournament with two wins and one loss, placing second after host Japan.

   South Korea were flaccid throughout the match, getting only one shot on target.

   Goalie Jo Hyeon-woo made big saves in the 1st and 33rd minute, while Japanese forward Yuki Soma fired a low shot that hit the post in the 19th minute.

   Four minutes after the second half began, Soma scored the first goal of the match on a cross by midfielder Joel Chima Fujita.

   In the 63rd minute, Soma played a role in setting up Sho Sasaki's header to extend the lead to 2-0.

   Ten minutes later, Shuto Machino scored another goal to seal the 3-0 victory. (Yonhap)

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