Japan beats South Korea 2-1 to win East Asian Cup
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Yoichiro Kakitani scored both goals, including the winner in stoppage time, as Japan beat South Korea 2-1 to win its first East Asian Cup title on Sunday.
Kakitani gave Japan the lead in the 25th minute, receiving a pass from Toshihiro Aoyama and beating South Korean goalkeeper Jung Sung-ryong for his second goal of the tournament.
The hosts leveled in the 33rd on Yun Il-lok’s strike from the top of the area past Japan ’keeper Shusaku Nishikawa.
Kakitani scored again in the first minute of stoppage time, picking up a loose ball after an impressive save by Jung.
“This was a very important win for us,” said Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni, whose team came entirely from the domestic J-League. “The players did a fantastic job.”
Japan finished the tournament with seven points, two ahead of China, which beat Australia 4-3 earlier in the day.
Yu Dabao scored five minutes into the game for defending champion China but Australia equalized through Aaron Mooy’s long-range effort in the 30th.
China regained the advantage in the 56th on a goal by Sun Ke and widened the lead to 4-1 through two quick goals from Yang Xu and Wu Lei.
Substitutes Adam Taggart and Mitchell Duke responded for Australia, which finished the tournament winless.