With the international break over here is the low down. All 32 nations are now confirmed for the World Cup with Japan and South Korea representing East Asia next summer. Lets look back over the international break and how the East Asian Countries got on. Also with the Asian Cup 2019 qualifiers nearing climax also there is a lot to cover.
South Korea and Japan
We start with the two East Asian sides going to Russia, as World Cup qualifiers they’re going to the Asian Cup with a bye also so both countries where on friendly duty this week. South Korea started the international break with a 2 - 1 win over Colombia with both goals coming from the Tottenham front man Son Heung-min. They then ended the break against another World Cup finalist Serbia with a 1 - 1 draw, the goal coming this time from Koo Ja-cheol of German side FC Augsburg.
Meanwhile our other East Asian side heading to Russia, Japan took on Brazil in France and it was no disgrace as they were on the end of a 3-1 defeat against the Sambo boys. Japan’s signaler goal came from the centre half Tomoaki Makino. Their second game came against Belgium one of the fancied teams for Russia, the game ending in no disgrace with a 1-0 defeat thanks to a header from Lukaku of Man United.
China who will be attending the Asian Cup in 2019 but not Russia this summer did not have a great international break as they didn’t manage a goal in the two games. They were first defeated 2-0 by Serbia before a 4-0 defeat against Colombia. Am sure they will be hoping for a much better display the next time they get together in March for the China Cup.
Hong Kong’s fait hopes of traveling to the Asian Cup now look all bit over. The international break started with yet more boos of the national anthem and a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Bahrain. They went in to the game with Lebanon knowing they needed a win to keep momentum going in the chase for a place at the Asian Cup this did not happening however as they went down 1-0. The result on top of how well North Korea did means they will now need a minor miracle to qualify.
North Korea international break involved a game at home and a game away to Malaysia. First up was the home tie which was in fact in Thailand and North Korea run out comfortable 4-1 winners. As if not wanting to be outshone this time away to Malaysia although at the same ground in Thailand North Korea once again run out 4-1 winners all but confirming their place at the Asian Cup.
Macau who sit bottom of their group fell to defeat again but this time in a goal fest going down 4-3 to Kyrgyzstan.
Taiwan dreams of reaching the Asian Cup under the Gary White revolution where ended with a 2 - 1 defeat at the hands of Turkmenistan. Tim Chow made his debut in defensive midfield, while Will Donkin the Crystal Palace youngest got the last 5 minutes. They will look now look to improve further after an impressive end to this qualification campaign.