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Host South Korea stays winless at East Asian Cup

July 24, 2013

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea remained winless under new coach Hong Myong-bo after a 0-0 draw with China at the East Asian Cup on Wednesday.

The hosts dominated play at Hwaseong Stadium but couldn’t capitalize on their chances against the tournament’s defending champions.

Hong was captain of the South Korean team which reached the 2002 World Cup semifinals. He took over from Choi Kang-hee on July 1, vowing to instill more discipline.

South Korea’s opening match against Australia on Saturday also ended in a goalless draw. China played to a 3-3 draw with Japan in its first game.

China won the tournament in 2005 while South Korea claimed the title in 2003 and 2008. Japan faces Australia on Thursday.

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