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10 August 2012
• Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (Caerdydd)
Referee: R. Irmatov
• Attendance: 56393
Korea Republic U23
Chu-Young Park 38'
Ja-Cheol Koo 57'
90' + 3'
FULL TIME: South Korea 2-0 Japan. Goals from Koo and Park secure Olympic bronze for South Korea. Japan impressed in the early stages of the tournament but they were well below par in Cardiff tonight. An intense contest between the Asian neighbours is settled by two goals from the Koreans on the break.
90' + 2'
Couple of corners for Japan from either side but they simply cannot force it over the line. Gonda comes rushing out from his goal to suppor Japan's attack but he might as well have stayed back. South Korea standing firm.
90' + 1'
Yellow CardBo-Kyung Kim
A minimum of three minutes of added time here in Cardiff.
Yellow CardKenyu Sugimoto
Goal disallowed! Yoshida rises high to head in a corner but the celebrations are cut short by the referee who spotted an infringement. Goalkeeper Jung was flattened by Otsu during the corner, but the referee shows Yoshida a yellow, bizarre.
Ooof! Frustration boiling over now, Japan's Otsu raises his leg suspiciously high and catches Park square in the face. The South Korea striker has taken quite a battering tonight but a bronze medal should help ease the pain.
Shout out to South Korea coach Myung Bo Hong. He has got his tactics spot on tonight and his defenders look well drilled and perfectly organised.
Rapid counter attack again from Korea with a nice little exchange between Park and Kim but the forwards reverse pass into his team mate is cut out at the very last moment. Japan are fading badly here, cannot see them getting back into this now.
Deary me, Yakamura gets caught by Park's elbow and the Japanese man is bleeding quite profusely. Japan play with ten for the time being.
Usami makes a quick impact after coming on with a neat little dribble into the oppositions half. Unfortunately his ball out wide is over hit and it goes out for a goal-kick. Sums up Japan's evening so far.
Yellow CardYuki Otsu
Oh takes a clattering from Otsu as both players contest an aerial ball. Otsu receives a yellow for his part in it, bit harsh that. Usami replaces Nagai has Japan go all out in attack.
Korea are picking of Japan every time they venture forward. Japan look out of ideas and severely lacking in belief. Korea look more likely to add a third.
Chance! Japan go close as Nagai gets in behind the defence but fails to pick out Otsu in the box. Great defending from South Korea.
Off the post! Japan are all over the place. Ji curls a shot towards the top corner of the net from the edge of the area, but Gonda manages to get his fingertips to the ball and tips it on to the post. Let off for Japan which keeps them within touching distance.
GOAL! KOO! South Korea 2-0 Japan!
Classic sucker punch from the Koreans. Japan went close through Otsu and before they know it the long ball is launched up towards Koo, who manages to take a first touch away from the defender and then fires home with his second. Japan are on the brink and need a goal quickly.
Turning into defence versus attack now. Japan are camped deep into South Korea's half but are finding it difficult to penetrate their opponents.
Poor pass from Kiyotake as Japan begin to build an attack. That is soon followed by another shocker from Tokunaga who sells his keeper horribly short. Fortunately for him Gonda comes rushing out and smothers Park before he can get his shot off.
South Korea kick off the second-half.
45' + 1'
HALF TIME: South Korea 1-0 Japan
Park takes a nasty blow to the face and requires treatment. That break has taken the momentum out of the game and Korea should hold on to go into the break with a one goal lead. One minute added on.
Yellow CardTakahiro Ogihara
Could have been two! A long ball isn't dealt with by the Japanese and the ball falls nicely to Yun who slices his volley into the stands. South Korea have the wind in their sails and the Japanese are hanging on here...
What a goal! Park collects the ball from a clearance and finds himself running at the Japan back four. He jinks to the left and then to the right, beats both defenders and slots the ball past the keeper with consumate ease. South Korea lead!
GOAL!!! Park Chu Young! South Korea 1-0 Japan!
Chance! Japanese corner taken by Oghihara finds Sakai in the box. The right-back gets up well but directs his header just wide of the post.
Yellow CardKoo Ja-Cheol
Another yellow for Korea and Otsu has been on the end of all three tackles. Koo is the latest to go into the ref's book and he isn't best pleased.
Kiyotake is looking lively for the Japanese down the right flank, he's all hustle and bustle the winger, but the Korean defence is standing firm. No rhythm to the game in this first half, it's all a bit bitty with fouls interrupting the flow at every turn.
Chance! Kiyotake tries to bend one into the bottom corner from inside the area but Jung gets down well to make a smart save and turn the ball round for a corner. Best moment of the game so far.
Goal.com's Liam Twomey reports from the Millennium Stadium: "Despite a surprisingly full Millennium Stadium being in fine voice, neither of these sides have offered much in the way of reward so far. Some early confrontations and full-blooded challenges aside, this Asian grudge match has yet to yield a single clear goal-scoring chance, but then there’s still plenty of time for Cardiff to be given the Olympic farewell it deserves."
Yellow CardJae-Seok Oh
Some lovely passing and interchange from Korea going forward but one flick too many and the move breaks down. They look more inventive going forward than the Japanese but seem to be lacking a potent finisher.
Yellow CardKi Sung-Yueng
First card of the evening goes to South Korea. Ki makes a clumsy challenge on the advancing Otsu, Japan collectively hold their breath because he requires treatment following the tackle.
A free-kick for Korea is won by Kim on the right-hand touch line. The ball is curled into the box by Kim but Jung comes off his line to make a commanding catch.
Some hesitant defending by South Korea who take it turns to fluff their clearances. Yoshida eventually gets it away.
Japan knocking the ball about with confidence now and force a corner. The corner is whipped in and the loose ball drops to Higashi at the edge of the area but the midfielder swings a wild leg at the ball to send it flying over the bar.
The Millennium Stadium is just over half full and the punters are being treated to an intense encounter. Japan have just began to settle into the match and win themselves a corner after a decent period of possession. Corner taken by Sakai but easily cleared by the Korean defence.
The South Korean's are on top here, lots of probing in the Japanese half capped off by a cross by Koo but the winger failed to pick anybody out. Moments later Kim found himself in a pocket of space inside the box but couldn't quite get his foot on Ji's cutback. Japan living dangerously.
No love loss between these two sides as some heavy challenges are made by both in the opening exchanges. The referee is allowing the game to flow early on, lets see how long he can keep that up.
Japan get things going from the kick-off!
Two changes for South Korea with Arsenal's Chu Young and goalkeeper Jung Sungr-Yong back in the starting line-up. Japan on the other hand are unchanged.
Japan: Gonda; Tokunaga, Sakai, Yoshida, Suzuki; Ohgihara, Higashi, Yamaguchi, Kiyotake; Otsu, Nagai Subs: Shunsuke Ando, Taisuke, Muramatsu, Gotoku Sakai, Kazuya Yamamura, Takashi Usami, Kenyu, Sugimoto, Manabu Saito
South Korea: Jung; Jae-Seok, Suk-Young, Young-Gwon, Seok-Ho; Sung-Yong, Bo-Kyung, Ja-Cheol, Jong-Woo Park; Dong-Won Ji, Chu-Young Park. Subs: Beom-Young Lee, Ki-Hee Kim, Sung-Dong Baek, Tae-Hee Nam, Woo-Young Jung, Hyun-Sung Kim
Team news from the Millennium Stadium to follow to shortly...
Good evening ladies and gents! Welcome to Goal.com's live play by play coverage of the Olympic bronze medal match between South Korea and Japan. My name is Husmukh Kerai and I'll be guiding you through tonight's action.
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