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S. Korean footballers dominate individual awards at regional tournament

All Headlines 22:11 December 16, 2017

TOKYO, Dec. 16 (Yonhap) -- South Korean football players dominated individual awards at a regional tournament in Tokyo after they successfully completed their title defense on Saturday.

South Korea won the East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) E-1 Football Championship with two wins and one draw. They played to a 2-2 draw with China, but defeated North Korea 1-0 and trounced Japan 4-1 in Saturday's finale.

South Korean midfielder Lee Jae-sung was named the tournament MVP. The Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors talisman had only one goal and one assist at the tournament, but his contribution was beyond his numbers as he served as the engine of the South Korean midfield.

He was also named the "Best Duel Player," which is given to the player who has shown excellence in areas like tackling, dribbling, aerial duels and fouls won.

Lee, 25, was recently crowned the MVP of the top South Korean pro football league K League Classic.

Lee's national and Jeonbuk teammate Kim Shin-wook won the scoring title with three goals. The towering striker, in particular, netted twice against Japan to help South Korea clinch the championship.

Daegu FC goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo, who started against North Korea and Japan, was named the best goalkeeper of the tournament. South Korean captain Jang Hyun-soo received the top defender award, although he committed a foul against Japan and gave up a penalty kick that led to Japan's lone goal on Saturday.

South Korea national football team players celebrate with the winners trophy after they won the East Asian Football Federation E1 Football Championship in Tokyo on Dec. 16, 2017. (Yonhap)


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