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  • 10 August 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (Caerdydd)
  • Referee: R. Irmatov
  • • Attendance: 56393

South Korea - Japan Preview: Yuki Otsu looking to beat Leandro Damiao as top goalscorer with four goals already

South Korea - Japan Preview: Yuki Otsu looking to beat Leandro Damiao as top goalscorer with four goals already

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Takashi Sekizuka's men on course for bronze as strike force should be too good for a country who have never featured in a semi-final before



Oh, Yung, Y Kim, Hwang
Ki, B Kim, Koo, Ji
H Kim, Park
Tokunaga, Sakai, Yoshida, Suzuki
Ohgihara, Higashi, Yamaguchi, Kiyotake
Otsu, Nagai

Both sides have no real injury concerns as the pair go into the bronze medal match.

South Korea have the luxury to recall Park Chu-Young to their starting line-up as they are set to complete their highest finish in the Olympics regardless of whether they win or not.

Japan can rely on Yuki Otsu. He has scored four of his side's nine in this competition. As they look to win bronze, expect Kensuke Nagai to feature prominently in an offensive looking formation.

  • South Korea have never finished inside the first four in the Olympic Games
  • They play in the bronze medal match despite only scoring three goals so far in the competition.
  • Only one match so far has gone to penalties, with Hong Myong-Bo's side beating Team GB 5-4.
  • Japan have reached further than their last attempt at the Olympics. They were knocked out in the quarter-finals 12 years ago.
  • Kensuke Nagai (pictured right) has 13 goals in only 30 appearances for the Under-23 side.
  • Top goalscorer Otsu plys his trade in the Bundesliga for Borussia Mönchengladbach.


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Available Squads
1Sung-Ryong JungGoalkeeper
2Jae-Seok OhDefender
-Suk-Young YoonDefender
4Young-Gwon KimDefender
12Seok-Ho HwangDefender
16Sung-Yong KiMidfielder
7Bo-Kyung KimMidfielder
13Koo Ja-CheolMidfielder
-Jong-Woo ParkMidfielder
9Dong-Won JiStriker
10Chu-Young ParkStriker
-Bum-Young LeeGoalkeeper
-Ki-Hee KimMidfielder
8Sung-Dong BaekMidfielder
11Tae-Hee NamMidfielder
-Woo-Young JungMidfielder
17Hyun-Sung KimStriker
23Shuichi GondaGoalkeeper
2Yuhei TokunagaDefender
-Takahiro OgiharaDefender
21Hiroki SakaiDefender
5Maya YoshidaDefender
-Daisuke SuzukiDefender
-Yuki OtsuMidfielder
-Keigo HigashiMidfielder
-Hotaru YamaguchiMidfielder
17Hiroshi KiyotakeMidfielder
11Kensuke NagaiStriker
-Shunsuke AndoGoalkeeper
6Taisuke MuramatsuDefender
12Gotoku SakaiDefender
8Kazuya YamamuraMidfielder
14Takashi UsamiMidfielder
9Kenyu SugimotoStriker
-Manabu SaitoStriker
Players to Watch
Chu-Young Park
Chu-Young Park
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
6 2 1 0
Park Chu-Young will have a lot of weight on his shoulders as he leads his team out knowing that a strong showing here would boost his chances of breaking into Arsenal's starting XI.
Yuki Otsu
Yuki Otsu
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
6 3 1 0
Four goal Yuki Otsu will be determined to put some distance between himself and Brazil's Leandro Damiao for top goalscorer and will hope to bag himself a few.
Japan should win this one comfortably. South Korea somehow managed to get themselves to this stage despite a lack of goals and Japan's superior strike force see them through.
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