Asian Games 2014Ra Unsim (C) and North Korea players celebrate the gold medal after the 3-1 win in the Football Women’s Gold Medal match between North Korea and Japan during day twelve of the 2014 Asian Games at Munhak Stadium.

Korea DPR earned a 3-1 win over Japan in the Final of the Asian Games women’s football tournament to be 2014 gold medal champions!

Yunmi Kim scored the opening goal for Korea DPR in the 12th minute before Unsim Ra doubled the lead in the 52nd minute.

Nadeshiko Japan captain Aya Miyama halved the deficit in the 56th minute, but Japan were unable to score the crucial equaliser.

In the 86th minute Unbyol Ho scored to end the game 3-1 in Korea DPR’s favour.

Korea Republic win the Bronze medal match

Korea Republic earned a comfortable 3-0 win over Vietnam in the Asian Games 2014 Bronze medal play-off match.

The match remained goalless at half-time, with the majority of ball possession with Korea Republic.

In the 55th minute the deadlock was broken through Hanul Kwon, the lead was quickly doubled two minutes later thanks to a Seolbin Jung goal.

Vietnam were unable to respond and in the 67th minute Heeyoung increased the lead to 3-0, earning Korea Republic the Asian Games 2014 Bronze medal.

Recap on the full Asian Games 2014 women’s football results and final group standings.

Gold: Korea DPR
Silver: Japan
Bronze: Korea Republic

 

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2 Comments
  1. Gina West 5 years ago

    Unfortunately I am not able to see as much of ‘live action’ of teams such as Korea DPR, Japan, China etc. However on the times I have seen Korea DPR play, I too have been impressed. It is unfortunate that they will not feature at the 2015 World Cup, although rightly so because of the reason they were banned.

    From what you have said Ken and from watching, I think Korea DPR are a team that are adaptable, hard-working and continuing to improve. If they continue to develop at this pace, they will be such strong opponents at the 2019 World Cup, especially to those who have little knowledge of them.

    The Norio Sasaki issue is a tough one… Your explanation reminds me so much of Hope Powell’s time at England. Always choosing ‘favourite’ players and always getting the same predictable style of play and result. The introduction of Mark Sampson to England has had a dramatic improvement, to which I really believe will make them progress far in the tournament.

    However, the major difference between England and Japan, is the success Norio has had during his time. World Cup champions, AFC winners, silver medal at the Olympics to name a few, so I think it is harder to conclude that he is not right for the job.

    We are so close to the World Cup now, that I think it would be very difficult to introduce a new manager. I think Norio is very experienced at the major competitions and appears to handle pressure well (from the outside looking in).

  2. Ken Suzuki 5 years ago

    First of all, I am really impressed by North Korea. What a great team! Physical, fast, technical and hard-working. Very different even from the team we saw last year at EAFF whose plan against Japan was largely to sit back and launch a counter. This year they competed with the Nadeshikos in possession and had the upper hand for many minutes. Moreover, to my great surprise, they played fairly. They played physically only when it was legal to do so. In fact, certain teams in the Nadeshiko League are less “clean” than that.

    Now, back to the Nadeshikos, I hate to but have to raise the same issue I raised countless times. The way Norio Sasaki chooses players is arbitrary at best and often verges on the favoritism. The worst part of the story is that he never explains what he does.

    Take the position of central midfielder. In 2014, Hikaru Naomoto was called to the national team twice, for the AFC Cup in May and the Asian Games in September. But she was used only in games Japan had zero chance to lose (Jordan, Hong Kong, Vietnam) while it was always Sawa, Miyama and Sakaguchi who played in “serious” games. Well, Sasaki may have done it because these veterans are superior to the 20-year-old Young Nadeshiko. However, the primary mission of CM is to control ball and rule the midfield, is it not? Now, see the games in the Nadeshiko League. It is such a common sight that Urawa Reds overwhelm INAC Kobe, or Yunogo Belle, or NTV Beleza, in the battle of midfield and the latter teams are easily minimized to guarding themselves rope-on-back. If these veterans are superior indeed why they do not show their superiority in the league?

    Naturally, this question would lead to another question. Are these disappointing results made by the young players in international competitions results of the players’ own deficiency, or their coach’s?

    Of course, everyone knows a team’s performance is not a proof of a particular player’s merit. If Urawa can rule the midfield against Kobe it may owe to some other reason than Naomoto’s quality over Sawa. Also, what matters in a domestic league may be different from what matters in international tournament. Sasaki does what he does because he has solid reason to disregard his players’ league performance?

    But, then, he has to explain. That is the most essential job of any manager of any organization.

    * What style of play he wants to build?
    * What talent is required to make it happen?
    * Who is better than whom by such talent as measure?
    * What data is there to corroborate such appraisal?

    And this is something Sasaki never ever does. All he does is to repeat the same old phrase, “the young players are not as good as the 2011/2012 veterans.” This kind of statement is totally meaningless unless the measure to compare players is set up first. In fact, every modern business organization, sport-related or not, struggles to get rid of this kind of old-style manager.

    So I say again, Sasaki-san, change your way, or step down.

    By the way, does a change of coach bring a positive result in short period? (2015 Canada is only eight months away.) I witnessed the dramatic resurrection of Urawa Reds Ladies when Yasushi Yoshida took command in September, 2013. Arsenal Ladies are showing similar resurrection, are they not? Or they were already improved when they won the FA Cup under the old coach?

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