Tuesday, November 16, 2010
SOUTH KOREAN SHIP SINKING? - I'M STANDING WITH THE UNITED STATES' VETERANS ON THIS ONE - DEM OR REP - U.S. CONGRESSIONAL ETHICS PANEL GOT THIS WRONG
Japan, North Korea into football quarter-finals
AFP, Nov 16, 2010, 03.20pm IST
GUANGZHOU: Football powerhouse Japan crushed India 5-0 to move into the Asian Games quarter-finals on Tuesday where they were joined by North Korea who edged past Vietnam 2-0.
They stay in the gold medal hunt along with four-time champions Iran, triple winners South Korea, Uzbekistan and Oman.
Bryan Robson's Thailand face Turkmenistan later, with the winner taking on Japan for a semi-final place, while North Korea will now play either United Arab Emirates or Gulf neighbours Kuwait.
On paper India are the better Asian Games team, having won titles in 1951 and 1962 and a bronze medal in 1970 while Japan is still seeking a maiden Asiad gold.
But paper doesn't tell the full story, with India failing to fire since then while Japan has become one of Asia's top footballing nations.
They maintained their impressive 100 percent record with a brace by World Cup star Kensuke Nagai and goals from Ryohei Yamazaki, Kazuya Yamamura and Kota Mizunuma.
Nagai opened their account with a tidy finish on 17 minutes while Yamazaki buried a rebound 11 minutes later after the Indian defence weakly cleared the ball off the line.
The writing was on the wall for India and Yamamura struck a hammer blow in the dying seconds of the first half when he headed home a Keigo Higashi cross.
Nagai got his second soon after the restart as the floodgates opened, with Kota Mizunuma grabbing the fifth in the 63rd minute before the Indian defence sorted themselves out to prevent an embarrassing scoreline.
North Korea's clash with Vietnam was a much tighter affair, with Choe Kum-Chol 35th minute strike all that separated them for much of the match before Choe Myong-Ho converted a 91st minute penalty to seal the win.
Read more: Japan, North Korea into football quarter-finals - The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/16th-asian-games-2010/other-top-stories/Japan-North-Korea-into-football-quarter-finals/articleshow/6935447.cms#ixzz15Sx574rH
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