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Nadeshiko Japan failed to retain the Asian Games title as Norio Sasaki’s side was beaten 3-1 by a tenacious North Korean team in the final on Wednesday.

Kim Yun-mi, Ra Un-sim and Ho Un-byol struck for North Korea, which outhustled and outmuscled the world and Asian champions over the 90 minutes. Captain Aya Miyama pulled one back for Japan in the second half.

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