South Korea Loses to Japan at Asia Men's U-23 Soccer Match

John Kim, Jan. 30, 2016, 3:08 p.m.

South Korea lost to Japan at the Asian Men's U-23 Soccer match at a score of 3-2.  South Korea blew a 2-0 second-half lead in the final of the the 2016 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-23 Championship, as Japan scored three unanswered goals in a 14-minute span at Abdullah Bin Khalifa Stadium in the Qatari capital.

The tournament also served as the Asian qualification event for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. Both countries had already secured their Olympic berths by reaching the final, while the third-place Iraq took the other Asian berth.

South Korea had a pair of goals erased by offside calls in the opening moments, before midfielder Kwon Chang-hoon finally put one in that counted.

Left back Sim Sang-min sent a long cross for forward Jin Seong-uk, who headed it down to set up Kwon’s volley. Goalkeeper Masatoshi Kushibiki was frozen in his spot as the shot deflected off the left leg of defender Takuya Iwanami.

South Korea scored first in all of their six matches at the tournament. Five of those goals came in the first half.

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