A goal in each half saw Japan see off the challenge of China to claim third in the 2010 AFC Women’s Asian Cup and secure Asia’s final qualification berth for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup™.
Japan will join Australia and Korea DPR at Germany 2011 with China missing out on female football’s showpiece event for the first time.
Kozue Ando opened the scoring for Japan in the 17th minute before captain Homare Sawa made the win safe midway through the second-half in a match of few goalscoring opportunities.
Meanwhile, Australia won the tournament with an epic final decided 5-4 on penalties in favour of the Matildas after the match ended 1-1 following a goalless period of extra time.
Australia took the lead on 18 minutes through teenager Sam Kerr but defending champions Korea equalised in the 72nd minute via a header from Jo Yun-Mi in a match played at high intensity despite the boggy conditions.
The shoot-out saw Korea’s Yu Song-Mi miss her spot kick allowing Kyah Simon to score the decisive penalty as Australia won their first Asian crown.