EAFF Championship, South Korea win


Day two of the EAFF Championship kicked off on Wednesday as we saw South Korea defeat Hong Kong in the men's tournament. Elsewhere we witnessed a goal fest with Japan defeating Taiwan 9-0. 

South Korea win 

South Korea faced a disciplined Hong Kong side this week but in the end, managed to come away with a 2-0 win. The match was won with goals at the end of both halves through Hwang In-Beom and Na Sangho.

South Korea started with a 4-2-3-1 formation as they looked to break down a Hong Kong defence that has not conceded more than two in a match under Mixu Paatelainen.

The single frontman was Kim Seung-Dae but the Jeonbuk Motors man did not last the half after being replaced through injury.

Soon after that substitute, South Korea did take the lead too through the Vancouver Whitecaps frontman Hwang In-Beom from a free-kick. This was to be his first goal for his country since netting in a 2-2 draw with Panama in October 2018.

South Korea did look the better side and deserved to go in ahead but Hong Kong did threaten on the counterattack with Stephen Gee looking their best player. Again though the lack of a goal threat cost them though.

The game was then ended on 84 minutes when South Korea doubled the lead through a Na Sangho header. After the first round of games, this result means that South Korea top the group, with Japan in second-placed, China in third and Hong Kong bottom.

Goalfest for Japan

Then to the woman's group and this saw Taiwan take on Japan, with the Japanese running out 9-0 winners.

This was a match against Asia's best and it showed with Japan running the show as they led 5-0 at halftime. The result, of course, leaves Taiwan rock bottom after the first round of games in the group.

Taiwan knew it would be tough and set up with a defensive-minded 4-4-2 but despite all the work, they could not keep out Japan.

After the match, the Taiwan coach Echigo said "In this game, we adopted a defensive counter-attack tactic. Japan also performed better than we expected and at the beginning of the game, our players seemed panicked, but gradually came into the match after 20 minutes. In good times, players are encouraged to keep the ball during good periods, but unfortunately, we have not been able to keep it. We will use this experience going into the next game and to the Olympic qualifying match."

Taiwan will next face South Korea on Sunday and this game will be streamed by the CTFA on YouTube and Facebook.

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