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Olympic Football continues with Japan v South Korea but are punters still interested?
- Updated: August 10, 2012
Japan and South Korea are the two teams fighting it out for third place and they both need to forget their disappointing semi-final defeats.
Both sides have got to this stage of the competition against the odds and should be proud of what they have achieved.
One more good performance and an Olympic medal could be round their necks.
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Looking at Japan to begin with, the 3-1 defeat to Mexico was the first time they had conceded in the entire tournament.
After going 1-0 up and dominating much of the first half, they will be devastated not to be in the final.
The Japanese have beaten the likes of Spain in the competition so have not had an easy run by any means.
Midfielder Yuki Otsu has been the star man, scoring three important goals and being the figure head of the team. He is the man that they will turn towards to lift spirits in the camp and put in a big performance.
As for South Korea, they came up against a Brazil side that look on a mission to win the gold medal .
They lost the match 3-0 and if truth be told, never really looked in the game.
However, they can look back at the quarter-final where they beat Team GB on penalties to lift spirits. Should spot kicks be needed again, then the Koreans would have to be the favourites.
After failing to score in three of their encounters at London 2012 they will need to make sure that their defence is solid and hope to maybe hit Japan on the counter attack.
Chu Young-Park will be leading the line yet again and could have a bit part to play.
With so much at stake, this looks to be a fantastic match between two teams that will be delighted to be in this stage of the competition.