Korea Out for Revenge Against China in East Asian Cup

      July 24, 2013 10:47

      Korea Manager Hong Myung-bo watches the team practice at the National Football Center in Paju, Gyeonggi Province on Tuesday. /Newsis

      Feb. 10, 2010 remains one of the most humiliating days in the history of Korean football as the country recorded its first-ever loss to China in the sport at the East Asian Cup, which was being hosted by Japan.

      Previously, Korea had dominated China with a head-to-head record of 16 wins and 11 draws. But on this day, the clean sheet was rewritten after China stomped all over its opponent to win 3-0.

      The two teams have not met since, but Korea will be hungry for revenge on Wednesday when they square off in the second match of the 2013 East Asian Cup in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province.

      Meanwhile, China will be hoping to recover from the humiliation it suffered at the hands of a young Thai national team on June 15 when it lost 5-1 in their friendly clash. The result caused Chinese fans to erupt in anger, prompting the Chinese Football Association to sack manager Jose Camacho.

      Chinese President Xi Jinping, an avid football fan, reportedly ordered the State General Administration of Sports to investigate what happened and explain the embarrassing loss.

      As such, whereas Korea and Japan are testing out promising young players ahead of next year's World Cup, China is fielding its strongest team of tried and tested veterans for the ongoing regional cup.

      In Sunday's match against Japan, China displayed its resilience by rallying from 3-1 down to finish the game tied at 3-3. After reviewing the game, Korean manager Hong Myung-bo said it had caused him to make changes to his original plan.

      Meanwhile, Korea's women's football team also faces China in Hwaseong at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday.

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