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Midfielder Choi Sung Kuk opened the scoring and substitute Edu grabbed a second-half double as the All-Stars from the South Korean league beat the J. League’s All-Stars 3-1 in the JOMO Cup on Saturday.

In a new JOMO Cup format featuring selections from both leagues for the first time, Choi put the visitors ahead in the 38th minute when he beat Japan goalkeeper Seigo Narazaki from a tight angle.

Narazaki got a hand to a free kick from Dudu but the ball fell into Choi’s path off the crossbar and the Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma player, who was named the man of the match, calmly slotted home with a low drive.

The home side missed an opportunity to equalize soon after the break as Koji Yamase had a penalty saved by Lee Woon Jae after the Yokohama F. Marinos playmaker was tripped in the box just 15 seconds into the second half.

Edu doubled the lead in the 58th minute from the spot after Japan and F. Marinos defender Yuji Nakazawa was adjudged to have committed a foul. The Suwon Samsung striker added a third three minutes later following a superb through ball from Choi.

Urawa Reds’ Marcus Tulio Tanaka pulled one back for the J. League side in the 68th minute in front of 27,629 at National Stadium.

Next year’s JOMO Cup will be played in South Korea.

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