Courtesy of Akbar Hakim.
Date: Wed, 12 Oct 1994 09:52:52 +0700
Subject: Asian Games soccer results: Quarter-Finals
Quarter-final results from Hiroshima:
China 2 Saudi Arabia 0
Kuwait 2 United Arab Emirates 1 (a.e.t)
Uzbekistan 3 Turkmenistan 0
South Korea 3 Japan 2
(I saw this game on the telly. Japan scored first through their star
striker, Miura, who plays for Genoa in Italy. This was in the first
half. He came in from the blind-side and side-footed the ball home.
South Korea came back strongly in the second-half and scored two
excellent goals, both through brilliant team-play. With ten minutes
left, Japan scored the equaliser. This goal reminded me of Dino Baggio's
goal for Italy in their World Cup quarter-final game against Spain. From
30 metres out, Ihara (I think), unleashed a tremendous shot which flew
past the left side of the South Korean keeper. But right at the very last
minute, Japan gave away a penalty and the Korean 8 goal hero against Nepal,
Hwang, scored with ease to put his country into the semi-final.)
So, semi-final line-up: CHINA vs KUWAIT
SOUTH KOREA vs UZBEKISTAN
The odds are on a China-South Korea final.
Date: Wed, 12 Oct 1994 13:22:47 +0700
Subject: Asian Games soccer report: Quarter-Finals
Here's the report from Hiroshima (courtesy of AFP).
Hwang Sun Hong scored twice in the final 12 minutes to take South Korea into
the Asian Games soccer semi-finals at the expense of bitter rival Japan
yesterday. Korea, and then Japan, came back from behind to leave the score
at 2-2 in the final minute. Hwang hit the back of the net with a bitterly
disputed penalty to score his second goal of the match and 11th of the
tournament that secured a semi-final match against Uzbekistan.
It was a match with more than the asian Games at stake. Both sides are seeking
soccer success to boost their claims to stage the 2002 World Cup finals. South
Korea's win gave it a new edge.
Igor Shkvyrin, second leading scorer at the Games, also scored twice in the
Uzbeks' 3-0 win over Central Asian rival Turkmenistan. He found the net in the
14th minute and again in the 33rd, both times off passes from Mirzhalol
Kosvmov, with a penalty from team-mate Azamat Abduraimov in the 20th minute
sealing Uzbekistan's victory.
China, which beat Saudi Arabia 2-0 in their quarter-final, will take on Kuwait,
which defeated the United Arab Emirates 2-1 in an extra-time shootout.
Striker Kazuyoshi Miura shot Japan ahead in the 31st minute but he became the
villain in the 40th minute when he was booked for dissent which meant he would
miss the semi-final anyway. Yoo Sand Chul equalised just after the break and
Hwang put the Koreans, veterans of the World Cup, ahead again. But the
Japanese did not give up and Masami Ihara equalised with four minutes to go.
Miura was involved in brawling as the Japanese disputed the penalty when a
defender brought down a South korean striker as both went for the ball. But
Hwang made no mistake with the spot-kick.
Kuwait needed a sudden-death shootout against United Arab Emirates after its
Gulf rival snatched a last-minute equaliser. Khaled Alhusuini put Kuwait ahead
five minutes after the break but Adnan Khamis Altalyani equalised in injury
time. UNDER ASIAN FOOTBALL CONFEDERATION RULES, A SUDDEN-DEATH GAME WAS
STARTED. But it only lasted five minutes. Wail Alhahhashi sparked Kuwaiti
celebrations with a headed goal. Kuwait will play China, which needed two
second-half goals to sink Saudi Arabia. In the 78th minute, Xie Yuxin crossed
from the right, Li Bing headed down and Cao Xiandong won the scramble to the
ball and shot past Saudi goalkeeper Ibrahim Alhelwah. Li Xiao then made it
2-0 with a 20-metre shot in injury time.
Saudi coach Ivo Wortmann stuck his neck out and predicted a China-South Korea
final after seeing his side beaten by the best from China's new professional
league. The Brazilian admitted that his youngsters were outclassed by a side
of "surprising maturity". He said: "China will beat Kuwait in the semi-final.
I think it will be between China and South Korea for the gold."
A very ordinary match was turned China's way by a change of tactics in the
second-half. Coach Qi Wusheng brought on Wei Keixing and midfielder Xie
Yuxing, whose penetrating crosses gave his side a greater attacking edge.
Said Qi: "The two substitutes were crucial. We were very tentative in the
first half because we did not want to make any mistakes. Xie did the trick
in the second period. He really got behind the Saudi defence well."
Semi-final line-up: China vs Kuwait
South Korea vs Uzbekistan