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S. Korea wins 3rd straight EAFF E-1 title after defeating Japan 1-0 Updated: 2019-12-19 10:07:45 KST


With this year's East Asian Football Federation E-1 Football Championship taking place in Busan, the host nation, South Korea took on their long-time rivals Japan on Wednesday knowing a victory would hand them the title.
A goal in the 28th minute from Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Hwang In-beom and some scrappy defending was enough to shut out Japan and take the match one-nil to capture the title.
It was all the more sweet for South Korea as it meant a number of firsts for the tournament.
With the win, the Taeguk Warriors became the first host nation to win the E-1 title since the competition began in 2003.
They were also the first team to not concede a single goal throughout the tournament, keeping cleansheets against Japan, Hong Kong, and China.
South Korea also became the first team to win three consecutive E-1 titles, and now hold the record for the most tournament wins with five.
Having also scored against Hong Kong, Hwang In-beom was named the tournament's MVP.
South Korea's goalkeeper Kim Seung-kyu scooped the top goalkeeping award, and Kim Min-jae received the top defender award for keeping South Korea's opponents at bay for the entire tournament.
Since the tournament isn't on FIFA's international match calendar, Europe-based clubs were not obliged to release their South Korean players for the occasion so Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-min and other big names were not among the winning squad.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.
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