S.Korea Claims East Asian Cup Title

      August 10, 2015 10:57

      South Korean won the East Asian Cup for the first time in seven years by drawing 0-0 with North Korea in Wuhan, China on Sunday.

      Despite the overall victory, it comes as a disappointment as the South dominated nearly the entire game. The team had 25 shots while the North had just four; it had 11 corner kicks and the North had none; and it had 64 percent of ball possession.

      South Korea finished the East Asian Cup with one win and two draws, while North Korea had one win, one draw and one loss. China also had one win, one draw and one loss and Japan two draws and one loss as they drew 1-1 in their last match on Sunday.

      South Korean national footballers and staff cheer with the winner’s trophy at the East Asian Cup in Wuhan, China, on Sunday. /Newsis

      The final ranking puts South Korea in first place followed by China, North Korea and Japan. Although China and North Korea both had four points, China's victory against the North put it ahead.

      South Korea now has more East Asian Cup titles than the other competitors, with victories in 2003, 2008 and 2015.

      South Korea's manager Uli Stielike, who missed out on winning the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia earlier this year, grabbed his first title at the helm of the team. He said that he is more satisfied with players' impressive performance than the title itself.

      Stielike's young team featured new players with an average age of 24.3 years, proving their potential to represent the nation. 

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