On Wednesday 18 December, SAMURAI BLUE (Japan National Team) played their third match of the EAFF E-1 Football Championship against Korea Republic National Team, where they lost 0-1 to finish as the runners-up of the tournament. With the win, Korea Republic claimed their fifth overall and third consecutive E-1 title.
After both teams entered the final match with two consecutive victories, Japan had the advantage in goal difference, needing a draw or better to claim the title, while Korea Republic needed a win.
With the tournament title at stake, Korea Republic kept the starting line-up from their second match with the expectation of their goalkeeper position, as KIM Seunggyu was named to guard the goal. Despite missing their players who plays in Europe, the home side showcased great intensity to apply aggressive pressure from their frontline......
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