SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — An Asian soccer rivalry not like no different is beginning to grow to be one-sided.
South Korea has defeated Japan 42 occasions and misplaced simply 16 matches. However Japan has gained its final two matches towards its regional foes by 3-0 rating strains up to now 18 months, together with a match this week in Japan.
When Japan made its first World Cup look in 1998, South Korea was taking part in in its fifth event. The South Koreans reached the semifinals in 2002 when the 2 nations co-hosted and stays the perfect efficiency by any Asian workforce on the World Cup.
In 2018, nonetheless, Japan superior to the knockout phases whereas South Korea did not advance from group play.
In March 2021, Japan defeated its rival 3-0 in Yokohama and it repeated that feat in Toyota on Wednesday within the East Asian Championships, clearly superior in each video games. And it’s not simply the senior workforce — a June assembly on the Asian under-23 championships noticed Japan win 3-0 as soon as extra.
“Lately, Japanese gamers wouldn’t have a posh about Korea or really feel that they’re psychologically inferior,“ Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu stated when requested after Wednesday’s sport if the nation had overcome its stigma towards South Korea.
Japanese media weren’t overly excited with the victory that gave the host nation seven factors and first place within the East Asian Championships which additionally featured China and Hong Kong.
“It was not a passable win as Korea was too weak,” stated Soccer Digest.
South Korea coach Paulo Bento stated the defeat resulted from defensive errors and most popular to not discuss in regards to the rivalry between the groups.
“It’s harmful to check solely with Japan as a result of the surroundings, scenario, and coaching strategies in every nation are completely different,” he stated.
Comparisons are inevitable, nonetheless, between Asia’s two most profitable soccer nations. With each groups lacking European-based stars, Wednesday’s assembly was largely between gamers from the J-League and the Ok-League.
Japan, fielding a much less skilled workforce, gained comfortably.
Though South Korea boasts Asia’s greatest star in Son Heung-min, who gained the English Premier League’s Golden Boot award as main objective scorer with Tottenham Hotspur final season, Japan can identify a complete roster stuffed with European-based gamers.
And domestically, the J-League is within the ascendancy with pre-pandemic attendances of 20,751 in 2019, greater than double that of its South Korean counterpart.
No matter latest outcomes and the attendance drop, South Korean defender Kim Jin-su is assured that Asia’s most profitable World Cup workforce will have the ability to flip issues round earlier than the beginning of November’s World Cup in Qatar.
Japan is taking part in in Group E with Germany, Costa Rica and Spain. South Korea is in Group H with Uruguay, Ghana and Portugal.
“After all, we’re apprehensive (in regards to the Japan loss) however there may be nonetheless time to organize for the World Cup,” Kim stated.
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