Korea find a way to win East Asian Derby

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It was Under 20 World Cup time on Tuesday and South Korea run out winners in the battle of the East Asian sides with Japan. Despite the fact they lost Japan will feel they could very easily on another day be sitting in the quarter-final. Instead, though South Korea will face Senegal for a place in the semi-finals. 

Korea win through  

The match was won in the final minutes with a glancing header from the Korean number 9 Oh Se-Hun. It was to be the only goal of the match too as the 20-year-old who plays his club football in the K League 2 with Asan Mugunghwa proved to be the difference.

In all, it was to be an entertaining encounter, especially in the second half when both teams upped the tempo. The Japanese will feel disappointed though as Goke had a goal disallowed through the use of VAR. The decision came as their striker Miyashiro was ruled out for offside in the buildup to the goal.

Then while Japan piled on the pressure and forced Korea into some very well organised defending and shop stopping they also hit the inside of the post. This happened when five minutes before the winning goal it could have been all different had Miyashiro shot from inside the box clipped into the net off the post.

How the match was viewed

As followers of the game in East Asia, we saw the response to this match from both sides as Japan fans were clearly frustrated while the Koreans where relieved. This was seen on the Taeguk Warriors site were they said on the win “you know what they say, fortune favours the brave.”

Then over on Twitter @KoreaFootAbroad said “We won! We won? With a showing straight out of third tier football in the 80s, Korea rode a ton of luck to victory. Japan not risk-taking enough in box to create enough chances for variance in luck to work out.”

I think this was a bit unfair as the Koreans did play some nice football and were well organised. Although on another day things could have been so different with three wins a row now though they must be confident going into Saturday's match with Senegal.

Meanwhile, the Japan fans will be left thinking what if? This is especially true as their most talented U20 player is with the full side preparing for the Copa America. It was seen with a tweet from @JSoccerMagazine “Last thought - I wonder if Japan regret not bringing certain players to U20 WC. Thinking of near future in not being Kubo, for example, but surely he and fans would have lived it.”

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