Monday, 31st January 2011
Japan wins Asian Cup
Japan has won the Asian Football Cup for the fourth time after defeating Australia.
The national team eventually won 1-0 after the match went into extra time. Tadanari Lee scored in the 99th minute of the match to take Japan to victory.
Lee only made his debut at Japan's opening game of the Asian Cup against Jordan but has played a key role in the team's progression through the tournament.
Manager Alberto Zaccheroni praised the side's performance, despite a poor start to the event.
"It was a collective effort against a very strong Australia side. All of the players were tired but the team effort and team spirit pulled us through.
"The whole of Japan can be proud of having a team like this."
Japan's win means the team have now qualified to pay in the 2013 Confederations Cup, which is to be held in Brazil.
Past winners of the Cup include Iran, Korean Republic and Saudi Arabia.
Written by Mark Smith.