Thursday, 27th January 2011
Japan reaches Asian Cup final
Japan's national football team have reached the final of the Asian Cup.
The team won the semi-final have defeating South Korea in a penalty shootout. After 30 minutes of extra time, the match was tied at 2-2 but eventually ended in a 3-0 shootout victory for Japan.
"It's been a tough tournament for us right from the beginning," explained Japanese keeper Eiji Kawashima, reported Kyodo News.
He added: "So to win it after the way they came back means a lot. The outfield players had worked so hard up to the shootout, but we unfortunately conceded in the very last minute."
Japan will now face Australia in the final of the Asian Cup at the Khalifa Staduim in Qatar on Saturday. Last time, the two teams met in the 2007 quarter-finals of the Asian Cup, Japan won on penalties.
The 2015 Asian Cup was recently awarded to Australia and will involve a total of 16 teams.
Written by Mark Smith.