North Korea’s women’s soccer team lost to Japan in the final of the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games to claim the silver medal. North Korea lost 1-4 to Japan in the women’s football final of the tournament at the Huanglong Sports Center Stadium in Hangzhou, China, on Saturday. The 2002 Busan, 2006 Doha and 2014 Incheon winners had to settle for a silver medal after falling to Japan in the quarterfinals at the Jakarta-Palembang Games five years ago .Japan, on the other hand, won its second consecutive Asian Games women’s soccer title in 2018 and third overall, including the 2010 edition in Guangzhou, joining North Korea and China (1990-1994-1998) as the most decorated Asian Games women’s soccer nations. In the nine editions of women’s soccer at the Asian Games, Japan, North Korea and China have shared the gold medal three times .North Korea came out firing from the start, supported by their own supporters and the friendly Chinese crowd, but Japan scored first. In the 11th minute, Yuzuki Yamamoto’s diagonal cross from the right flank landed squarely in the back of the net, and from the penalty arc, Yoshino Nakashima took advantage of the gap left by goalkeeper Kim Eun-hwi to open the scoring with her right foot. North Korea, who had drawn up the line and found space in the back, suffered a setback in the 14th minute when Ahn Myong-sung, who had been sparkling at the forefront of the offense, was forced off with a knee injury. After complaining of pain, Ahn Myong-sung was stretchered off and replaced by Seung Hyang-sim. But North Korea managed to redress the balance before the end of the first half: In the 38th minute, the Japanese defense failed to clear a low cross from the left flank by Woo Jeong-sim, and Kim Yong-yong finished with her left foot for her 12th goal of the tournament .Japan made a game-changing substitution to start the second half, bringing on two strikers, but the North Korean attack and Japan’s desperate defense didn’t make it any easier. After trying to find a breakthrough with passing plays but failing to create any decisive chances, Japan turned the tide with a set piece.In the 21st minute of the second half, Momoko Tanikawa’s left corner kick was headed home by Haruka Osawa, one of the strikers who had been substituted at the start of the second half. While North Korea’s nerves were frayed, Japan gained momentum in the second half when Tanikawa, a midfielder born in 2005, found the back of the net in the 24th minute, and then in the 27th minute, Remina Chiba scored from the edge of the box to put the game out of reach .North Korea tried to fight back with three substitutions in the second half, including a change in goal from Kim Eun-hwi to Lee Ju-geum, but the players’ morale had already plummeted. North Korea has made a lot of noise in soccer at this tournament .In the women’s soccer quarterfinals, which North Korea won 4-1, there were controversial calls, including an untimely ejection of South Korean forward Son Hwa-yeon (Hyundai Steel), and North Korea was also criticized for rough play .In the men’s soccer quarterfinals, North Korean players shoved the referee and threatened Japanese medical staff in a 1-2 loss to Japan, prompting Japan to file a complaint with FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).Earlier, in the bronze medal match, hosts China thrashed Uzbekistan 7-0 to earn their second consecutive podium finish after winning silver at the 2018 tournament. The tournament’s top scorer was North Korea’s Kim Yong-yong, 온라인카지노 who netted 12 goals.