South Korea and Japan both progress in Asian Cup with maximum points

South Korea and Japan have no concluded all their group matches at the Asian Cup and both nations won all three matches, topping the group with 9 points each and going into the next round full of confidence. 

South Korea

South Korea came through a group consisting of China, The Philippines and Kyrgyzstan. Beating China 2-0, and a couple of 1-0 victories saw of the Philippines and Kyrgyzstan, they might not read like the most dominant set of results but grinding out the wins as history shows is what help you to win tournaments, not free-flowing fancy football.

Son arrived in time for the match against China, and with him now involved with the squad, is it any wonder South Korea is one of the strong favourites to win the competition. As things stand in the matches between Lebanon / North Korea and Saudi Arabia / Qatar, South Korea would face Bahrain in the last 16, which they should overcome with minimal fuss like in the previous group stage games. A lot of people believe Son will lead them to victory this time out and end their years of hurt in this competition. 


Japan came through a group consisting of Uzbekistan, Oman and Turkmenistan. Japan defeated Turkmenistan in an entertaining opening game 3-2, then followed that up with a dismal performance but crucially still a 1-0 win against a very pacey dangerous Omani side, and in the final match put out what looked like most of their back up players but still managed to defeat the Uzbek's 2-1.

Japan hasn't been at their best in this tournament so far but when that happens when a team is getting banged properly. Japan are unaware who they will face in the next round as of yet because they will face the loss of the Qatar /Saudi Arabia game that is taking place right now.

It will be a tough game for Japan whichever team they end up facing but teams like Japan don't fear anyone especially when it comes to Asian competitions.

Both these teams could potentially go the whole way but things are going to start getting tasty now, as all the big Asian nations have made it through the first hurdle, and this is when the real competition begins, because being honest there isn't a lot of chance for getting knocked out at the group stage when only a small percentage of the competing teams are eliminated at the first stage. Japan starts off with the more difficult of the two second-round ties, but both South Korea and Japan are capable of going through. 

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