Japan, South Korea qualify for Rio 2016

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, qualified for Rio 2016 after winning their semi final matches of 2016 AFC U23 Championship in Qatar.

Riki Harakawa scored a 93rd minute winner as Japan secured a place in the final of the AFC U23 Championship and qualification for the 2016 Olympic Games after snatching a dramatic 2-1 win over Iraq in Tuesday’s semi-final at Abdullah Bin Khalifa Stadium.

Yuya Kubo had given Japan a 26th minute lead only for Saad Natiq to head home an equaliser for Iraq two minutes before half-time.

But with extra-time looming, Harakawa rifled home from the edge of the penalty area as Japan ended a two-game losing streak against Iraq, who can still qualify for Brazil later this year via Friday’s third place play-off.

In the other match, Kwon Chang-hoon and Moon Chang-jin scored in the final six minutes of the game against the host Qatar– with Moon’s strike in the fifth minute of stoppage time – to ensure the South Koreans qualify for a record eighth consecutive Olympic tournament.

Ryu Seung-woo had put Korea Republic in front three minutes into the second half but Ahmed Alaa’s goal with 11 minutes remaining looked set to take the game into extra-time.

But Kwon Chang-hoon scored with a minute left of normal time before Moon Chang-jin sealed the victory in the 95th minute to send Shin Tae-yong’s side through.

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