Thursday, 03 May 2012 16:26

Korea opened their campaign in the 7th Junior Asia Cup with a 4-1 win over Japan in a Group A match played at the MBM Stadium in Malacca.

Japan have only themselves to blame as they failed to capitalize from the six penalty corners they were awarded.

It was all Korea in the opening five minutes as Japan struggled to even pass the half-line.

And they took the lead in the 6th minute off their first penalty corner when the strike by You Seung Ju went into goal off the pads of Japanese keeper Kusano Daisuke.

Korea opted to have two men up all the time, with Seo Inwoo And Hwang Taeli wrecking havoc in the Japanese defence marshaled by Hirotaka Zendana.

Japan were awarded a penalty corner in the 18th minute but Zendana’s attempt was parried away by Korean custodian Lee Seyoung.

And Korea almost doubled their advantage in the very next minute but quick reflexes by Daisuke in the Japanese goal saved the day.

Japan were on level terms against the run of play in the 27th minute as Hoshi Suguru picked up the ball after a good advantage play by umpire Mike Gerwig who waved play on despite the ball striking a Korean defenders leg.

Sugur sent in a well-placed shot to beat Seyoung and put his team on level terms.

However four minutes later Korea were awarded a penalty stroke and skipper Yang Jihun made no mistake to put his team 2-1 ahead, and the score stood till halftime.

Japan were the better team in the opening ten minutes of the second half and although they wasted a penalty corner in the 41st mnute, Matsuo Kenji almost equalized in the 45th minute but sent his shot wide with only the keeper to beat.

Korea surged to a 3-1 lead in the 59th minute via Jeong Young Seok and Seo Inwoo made it 4-1 three minutes later for a comprehensive 4-1 win for Korea.

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