Football: Japan beat South Korea to win East Asian Cup

Japan's captain Yuichi Komano holds up the trophy with his teammates after Japan won the East Asian Cup in Seoul, South Korea on Sunday, July 28, 2013. Japan's men claimed the East Asian Cup for the first time on Sunday with a 2-1 win over hosts Sout
Japan's captain Yuichi Komano holds up the trophy with his teammates after Japan won the East Asian Cup in Seoul, South Korea on Sunday, July 28, 2013. Japan's men claimed the East Asian Cup for the first time on Sunday with a 2-1 win over hosts South Korea, crushing China's hopes of taking home some silverware. -- PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (AFP) - Japan's men claimed the East Asian Cup for the first time on Sunday with a 2-1 win over hosts South Korea, crushing China's hopes of taking home some silverware.

At the Jamsil Olympic Stadium in Seoul, Yoichiro Kakitani grabbed a brace, including the vital clincher in stoppage time, which gave Japan seven points at the end of the tournament, two more than China.

Earlier on Sunday, China defeated Australia 4-3, but they had to wait for the last tournament game to know whether they had won overall.

South Korea and China have each won two East Asian Cups, while Japan have been the runners-up three times.