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Korea beats Japan, reaches gold medal game unbeaten

Beijing, China (Sports Network) - Korea scored four runs in the eighth inning and beat Japan, 6-2, on Friday to reach the gold medal baseball game at the Beijing Olympics.

Lee Seungyuop's two-run homer keyed the four-run rally in the eight that broke a 2-2 tie and helped Korea remain the only undefeated team in the Olympic baseball tournament.

"The victory doesn't mean that the Korean team is stronger than the Japanese team and when two strong teams meet each other an important factor is luck," said Korean manager Kim Kyungmoon, "and I think we are luckier than the Japanese today."

Korea (8-0) will face the winner of the Cuba-United States game in Saturday's gold medal match.

Cuba (6-1) won the gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics, while the U.S. (5-2) is looking for its first medal since claiming gold in Atlanta in 1996.

Japan (4-4) will play the loser in the bronze medal game, also Saturday.

08/22 03:37:27 ET


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