Game:- Japan v South Korea
Competition :- AFC Asian Cup 2nd Semi-Final
Venue :- Al Gharafa Stadium, Doha
Date :- Tuesday, 25 January 2011
KO time:- 16:25, UTC+3
The two co-hosts of the 2002 World Cup square off against each other in this second semi-final at the AFC Asian Cup 2011. Japan are looking for a record fourth title while South Korea will revel in the role of the underdog. Read our Japan v South Korea betting preview and check the odds offered by Pinnaclesports for this tie.
Japan – last few games – most recent game on top
v. Qatar (Win 3-2) Kagawa*2, Inoha
v. Saudi (Win 5-0) Maeda*2, Okazaki*3
v. Syria (Win 2-1) Honda, Hasebe
v. Jordan (Draw 1-1) Yoshida
With 63 minutes on the clock against Qatar, Japan were a goal down and a man down. They scripted a remarkable recovery in the last 25 minutes and scored twice through Kagawa and Inoha to send the hosts crashing out of the tournament. Maya Yoshida’s red card in the quarter final sees him suspended for this crucial game.
Alberto Zaccheroni has great faith in his attacking quartet of Honda, Okazaki, Kagawa and Maeda. Hasebe and Endo will provide much needed bite in the middle of the park. The two errors by Kawashima against Qatar may well be a cause of concern for the Italian coach.
South Korea – last few games – most recent game on top
v. Iran (Win 1-0 aet) Yoon Bit-Garam
v. India (Win 4-1) Ji Dong-Won*2, Koo Ja-Cheol, Son Heung-Min
v. Australia (Draw 1-1) Koo Ja-Cheol
v. Bahrain (Win 2-1) Koo Ja-Cheol*2
South Korea also play with the exact same formation that Japan do. Kim Dong-Won plays as the central striker with Ji-Sung, Chung-Yong and Ja-Cheol supporting him. Yoon Bit-Garam’s heroics might not be enough to earn him a place in the first eleven. Coach Cho Kwang-Rae is expected to go in with the same eleven that started against Iran.
Match Verdict: Japan 2-1 South Korea (Okazaki, Maeda / Park Ji-Sung)