Asian Games: Japan wins gold medal in dying minutes

Safrin La Batu | The Jakarta Post | Palembang, South Sumatra

Jakarta   /  Sat, September 1, 2018  /  11:24 pm

China's goal keeper Zhao Lina (#1) tries to catch the ball as Japan's Yuika Sugasawa (sliding) scores during their women's football gold medal match between China and Japan at the 2018 Asian Games in Palembang on August 31, 2018. (JP/Jerry Adiguna )

Japan beat long-time rival China 1-0 at the death in the women’s soccer final at the Gelora Sriwijaya Stadium in Jakabaring Sports City, Palembang, South Sumatra,on Friday.

This was Japan’s second Asian Games gold, having previously claimed the laurels in Guangzhou, China, in 2010.

China dominated the game throughout, especially their forwards, Li Ying and Wang Shansan, who made a nuisance of themselves in Japan’s half.

However, all of their efforts came to naught as most of their shots were saved by Japan goalkeeper Ayaka Yamashita.

The first half ended goalless.

In the second half, China’s attacks, which were made up of a combination of long passes and shift drills, continued unabated.

However, Japan forward Yuika Sugawasa broke the deadlock when she headed the winner in the 90th minute and China had to settle for silver.

Meanwhile, South Korea won bronze after beating Chinese Taipei 4-0 in their match played earlier on Friday.