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Hosts Korea Republic claim EAFF E1 Championship 2019 after 1-0 win over Japan


Korea
Republic
have
been
crowned
the
winners
of
EAFF
E1
Championship
2019
after
defeating
Japan
1-0
at
the
Asiad
Main
Stadium
in
Busan
on
Wednesday.

Hosts
South
Korea
had
an
uphill
task
in
their
final
round-robin
fixture
of
the
East
Asian
Football
Federation
(EAFF)
tournament
needing
to
defeat
Japan
to
win
the
title
while

Samurai
Blue

only
had
to
avoid
a
defeat
against
the
home
side.

Vancouver
Whitecaps
FC
midfielder
Hwang
In-beom
struck
the
only
goal
of
the
game
from
distance
in
the
27th
minute
as

Taegeuk
Warriors 
claimed
an
overall
fifth
and
third
successive
EAFF
title.

The
South
Koreans
first
lifted
the
trophy
in
2003
and
had
to
wait
until
2008
for
their
second
triumph.
Their
third
trophy
came
in
2015
followed
by
victories
in
2017
and
now
in
2019

both
at
the
expense
of
Japan
who
finished
runners-up.

Meanwhile,
China
PR
ended
their
campaign
with
a
2-0
win
over
Hong
Kong
earlier
in
the
day. Ji
Xiang
opened
the
scoring
for

Team
Dragon

in
the
eighth
minute
before
Zhang
Xizhe
doubled
their
advantage
from
the
penalty
spot
in
the
71st
minute.

Japan
had
won
the
women’s
edition
of
the
EAFF
E1
Championship
defeating
Korea
Republic
the
other
day.


(Photo
credit:
KFA)

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