Beanpole striker Kim Shin-Wook fired a quick-fire double as South Korea thrashed fierce rivals Japan 4-1 to capture a fourth East Asian championship title in Tokyo on Saturday.
North Korea fell to a 1-0 defeat by South Korea on the football pitch Tuesday in a full-blooded international given added spice by simmering political tensions between the two countries.
Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic said Wednesday he would rely on local-based players at next month's East Asian championships, where the hosts clash with North Korea in a politically charged opener.
Zheng Zhi's early own goal ultimately condemned China to a 3-2 defeat to South Korea on Thursday despite a spirited fight-back in their 2018 World Cup qualifier.
North Korea won the Women's East Asian Cup with a hard-fought 2-0 victory over rivals South Korea in Wuhan on Saturday.
China beat North Korea 2-0 in the men's East Asian Cup in Wuhan Wednesday, a much-needed win after the home team were criticised for "lack of fighting spirit" earlier this week.
South Korea beat hosts China 2-0 in the Men's East Asian Cup in Wuhan Sunday, with goals from Kim Seung Dae and Lee Jong-Ho.
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