Japan secures Asian Under-23 title
Japan won the AFC Under 23 championship with a thrilling victory in Doha on Saturday (Jan 30) overturning a two goal deficit to stun South Korea 3-2.
The winner came in the 81st minute from substitute Takuma Asano, with a smart finish when through on the Korean goal.
Asano had started the comeback, scoring Japan>s first in the 67th minute, after they trailed 2-0 early on in the second half. Within a minute of Asano>s first, Japan were level after Yajima struck.
It was heartbreaking for the Koreans who had taken the lead in the 23rd minute thanks to a deflected shot from Kwon Chang-hoon. Then a brilliant turn and finish by Jin Seonguk in the 47th minute doubled their advantage, but the match proved far from over.