Football-Japan retains East Asian title after Chinese stalemate
Tournament hosts Japan retained their East Asian Championship women’s title on Tuesday after being held 0-0 by China in Kashima, east of Tokyo. The draw meant Futoshi Ikeda’s side finished two points clear of defending Asian champions China, while South Korea came third after beating Taiwan 4-0.
The title is Japan’s second in a row in the regional competition and fourth overall, putting them one win ahead of non-participating North Korea as the competition’s most successful nation. . Riko Ueki came close to the second-half opener for Japan when her long shot beat Chinese keeper Zhu Yu only for the ball to come back from the crossbar.
The South Koreans secured third place with a comprehensive victory over Taiwan, with Kang Chae-rim, Lee Min-a and Ko Min-jung all finding their way to the net after an own goal from Chang Chi-lan had given Colin Bell’s team the lead in the standings. 35th minute. The final round of matches in the men’s tournament will be played at Toyota on Wednesday, with Japan needing to defeat defending champions South Korea to claim the title.
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