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

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

SOUTH KOREA

Lee
Oh, Yung, Y Kim, Hwang
Ki, B Kim, Koo, Ji
H Kim, Park
JAPAN
 
Gonda
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.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • 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.

Players to watch

Chu-Young Park

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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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.

Y. Otsu

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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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.

Editor's Prediction

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.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Korea Republic U23

Japan U23

Wins
1
0
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Korea Republic U23 KOR
Korea Republic U23 Korea Republic U23
Draw
Japan U23 JAP
Japan U23 Japan U23
32%
60%

Top 3 Predictions

Korea Republic U23 KOR
1 - 2
Japan U23 JAP
Korea Republic U23 KOR
2 - 1
Japan U23 JAP
Korea Republic U23 KOR
0 - 2
Japan U23 JAP

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