THE strong wind blew away Hong Kong's chances of drawing with 10-man South Korea yesterday as a last-minute goal settled the sides' Dynasty Cup match at a packed Tokyo National Stadium. The SAR defended well to keep the Koreans out for 90 minutes until striker Choi Yong-soo found the net in injury time to give Korea the 1-0 victory. The SAR finished bottom of the four-nation tournament after losing all three games, while Japan won the title for the third time in a row despite losing 2-0 to China. China came close to lifting the title but skipper Fan Zhiyi missed a penalty in the 78th minute which would have given them the same goal difference as Japan. Yesterday's matches were played in cold temperatures and gusty winds. Both Hong Kong and South Korea opened cautiously with most of the action in the midfield. What few scoring attempts there were came from the Koreans. Scorer Choi first tested the Hong Kong defence in the sixth minute but his header was saved by goalkeeper Kevin Lok Kar-win, who later made a number of key saves. At the other end, Hong Kong's former Bulgarian international defender Dimitre Kalkanov broke through on a solo run from midfield and his low shot was saved by 'keeper Seo Dong-myung. Choi missed another chance in the 41st minute when Lok saved his close-range shot. Korea's best chance in the first half came just before the interval when Choi's header was cleared off the line by Kalkanov. Korea started the second half more aggressively. Although defender Choi Young-il was sent off in the 53rd minute after a second bookable offence, the Koreans still created more chances than in the first-half, while Hong Kong failed to capitalise on the man advantage. The SAR's best chance came in the 69th minute when a shot from Instant-Dict winger Ricky Cheng Siu-chung, who replaced Tim Bredbury three minutes earlier, was cleared by a Korean defender. Choi wasted another good chance in the 82nd minute when his close-range shot from an acute angle hit the post. He missed the target again four minutes later when his close-range shot went wide after good set-up work by defender Hong Myung-bo. Then, as Hong Kong were on the verge of celebrating a memorable draw with the World Cup qualifiers, Choi made amends for his previous misses when he popped up with the winner in injury time. His diving header from 10 yards out was deflected in off Kalkanov but only after Lee Sang-yoon's shot was carried by the strong wind and slightly deflected by 'keeper Lok on to the post. Both Hong Kong coach Sebastian Araujo and South Korea coach Cha Bum-kun blamed the wind for hindering their teams' performances. In the other match, two goals from towering forward Li Bing led China to a 2-0 win against Japan, but in the end lost the title on goal difference.