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World Cup leaves Asia with pride, regret ahead of old-power final

Japan rues just missing quarters, South Korea aims to rev up development

South Korea's Son Heung-min, left, and Japan's Ritsu Doan in action during the World Cup. (Source photos by Reuters and Tomoki Mera)

SEOUL -- Asia had its biggest ever representation at the 2022 World Cup, with six teams out of the total 32, and also had its best ever showing, with three making the round of 16.

Two traditional soccer powers, France and Argentina, will be facing off in the final, but the Asia-Pacific contingent is looking to the future with optimism, though Japan in particular remains stung by disappointment that it did not make it even further this time around.

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