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

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.