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Korea put up a heck of a fight in the semis against Brazil. But the Brazilians who struggled early against South Korea at Old Trafford before taking control of the match after defensive midfielder Romulo opened the scoring with a low shot from inside the area following a pass by playmaker Oscar in the 38th minute.
Damiao scored twice in the 57th and 64th to seal the victory and become the tournament's leading goal scorer with six goals, surpassing Senegal's Moussa Konate.
"We had difficulties in the beginning of the match but the goal came at the right moment and we were able to slowly regain control," Menezes said. "What matters the most is that we got our fifth straight win and reached our goal to make it to the final."
Japan came out swinging against powerhouse and heavily favored Mexico.Mexico escaped and got the win on Tuesday thanks to a swerving long-rage strike by Oribe Peralta in the 65th, breaking a deadlock after Japan opened the scoring with a shot by Yuki Otsu in the 12th and Marco Fabian headed in a corner for Mexico's equalizer in the 31st. Javier Cortes scored the third goal deep in second-half injury time. In the final minute Peralta then released Javier Cortes down the right with a clever backheel and the substitute held off the defence before squeezing his shot beneath Shuichi Gonda in the Japanese goal.
"That's just it, we are 90 minutes away from history," Mexico defender Carlos Salcido said. "That is the way we are looking at it."
Korea Republic U23 vs Japan U23 Predictions: Japan 2-1 Over Korea
Japan though they lost proved to the world that they are a team to reckon with .They have a fast offensive attack that Korea will have a hard time with.
Korea Republic U23 vs Japan U23 Betting Odds and Tips:
Korea Republic U23 2.79 - 1.35 - 73.61%
Draw 3.20 - 1.31 - 76.19%
Japan U23 2.44 - 1.40 - 70.93%
Korea Republic U23 vs Japan U23 Asian Handicap Betting Odds and Tips:
Korea Republic U23 0.00 2.09 - 47.84%
Japan U23 0.00 1.83 - 54.64%
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