EAFF Championship kicks off


The EAFF Championship kicked off on Monday as we saw Japan defeat China in the men's tournament. Elsewhere we witnessed a goalless draw between South Korea and China in the Women's competition. 

Japan win well 

There was a big difference in the ability between Japan and China was the main consensus to take away from Monday's meeting between the sides.

This was seen as on Monday in the EAFF Championship Japan took on China in Busan, South Korea. It was to be a match the Japanese run out 2-1 winners in and in truth it could have been more. It was a result that did not go down well in China with the fans and media alike in the agreement of Japans superiority over them.

In the match itself, Japan took the lead on 29 minutes through Jamaican born Musashi Suzuki. This was to be the Consadole Sapporo attackers first senior goal for Japan.

Then on 70 minutes, Japan extended the lead through Genta Miura with the  Gamba Osaka defender helping to put the game beyond doubt.

In the final minutes, China did look to get a goal back and did pick up a single goal through Dong Xuesheng in what was the 30-year-old Hebei's strikers first goal for his country.

The match will also be remembered for the Kong Fu style kick from Jiang Zhipeng on the Japan midfielder Daiki Hashikoa.

China and Korea draw a blank 

To the woman's game and the EAFF Championship started for them too with South Korea taking on China. It was a match with little action as the sides played out a 0-0 draw in Busan.

This was another match which showed China's famous defensive abilities but once again they could not convert chances up top. The tie will also be remembered unfortunately for the serious injury to Wang Shuang with the PSG midfielder in hospital recovering.
It was a very unlucky injury as she was seen holding the top of her calf after running to close down a Korean player. 

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