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Saitama Stadium 2002 (ATT 57,873) 24th May 2010 - Kick off 11:20 Ref: S Attwell

Japan Japan vs Korea Republic Korea Rep

Japan 0


Korea Rep 2

J Park (6)
C Park (pen 90+1)

South Korea overcome Japan

Japan manager to carry on in post despite defeat

Last Updated: 24/05/10 4:33pm

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Park Chu-young: Scored second

Park Chu-young: Scored second

South Korea overcame Japan 2-0 in Saitama as both sides continued their preparations for the World Cup.

Manchester United's Park Ji-sung and Monaco's Park Chu-young were on target for South Korea, who have been drawn alongside Argentina, Greece and Nigeria in Group B this summer.

Japan meanwhile, who play England in Austria on Sunday, face Cameroon, Demark and Holland in Group E of the South Africa tournament.

Korea can count on the quality of Park Ji-sung and he opened the scoring in the sixth minute, lashing the ball into the bottom left corner from the edge of the penalty area after a bustling run.

Park Chu-young came off the bench and won the penalty which he coolly fired into the bottom left corner for the clinching goal at the end of the second half.


South Korea coach Huh Jung-moo said: "Both teams played well and played good football, and this game can bring us something positive ahead of the World Cup.

"Our players played well without losing their cool despite playing before a full house and that got us the win today."

Japan manager Takeshi Okada wanted a more attacking approach to the game, and after successive defeats to South Korea, revealed he asked the president of the Japan Football Federation if he should continue in the post.

"We wanted to finish the first half at 1-1 but it was hard to find a goal after giving up the first goal to our opponents," he said.

"We may have to change the way we start the game, starting the game rather defensively.

"As the president told me I should carry on, I guess I have no choice but do it."

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