North Korea Monitor

Koreas Battle to 1-1 Draw

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The deadlock was broken after 20 minutes. Park Chu-young has scored a spectacular free-kick in the team’s 3-2 win over China three days previously though this time the FC Seoul striker was on the bench.
He wasn’t missed as Yeom curled the ball home from 20 metres out to record his second goal for the national team.
Later in the half, defender Kang Min-soo should have doubled the Taeguk Warriors’ lead but shot straight at the goalkeeper from close range.
North Korea’s hopes of getting something out of the game were hit when Park Nam-cheol was harshly shown a second yellow for throwing the ball away in frustration after the referee had blow for a foul.
North Korea finally got the equalizer they deserved after 72 minutes through star striker Jung Tae-se [that’s Jeong Dae Sae].  
The Kawasaki Frontale forward raced on to a ball over the top, shrugged off the attentions of two white-shirted defenders and fired past Kim Yong-dae from the edge of the area for his second goal in two games.
Lee Keun-ho should have snatched victory in the last minute but his shot was turned round the post by Ri Myung-guk in the North Korean goal.

After the match, North Korean coach Kim Jeong-hoon said:

“Now that we’ve had a match, we can now better understand how the opponents attack and defend, and the characteristics of each of the rival players(via Yonhap)”

While the South Korean coach focused on the North’s star player, Jeong:

[South Korean Manager] Huh Jung-moo, said the North’s forward, Jong [Jeong], was a player “with more strengths than weaknesses…But I believe our players can cover him better starting next time,” he said, adding he will seek to step up overall defense ahead of the qualifier in Pyongyang (via Yonhap)”.

This match was a preview of next month’s World Cup qualifier, anticipated as much for the action on-field as the action off-field. Controversy has been brewing over the North’s refusal to allow the South to display its national symbols prior to the game. Korea Times is reporting that FIFA, soccer’s governing body, may be asked to get involved. KFA President  Cho Jung-yeon told reporters:

“We can’t wait too much for North Korea. We will have to seek arbitration if the North refuses to change its stance by the end of the East Asian Football Championship,

The North is also highly reluctant to allow South Korean fans to attend the match, scheduled to be held at Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Stadium. If the dispute cannot be resolved in time, the match will be moved to a third country.


Written by nkmonitor

February 21, 2008 at 12:53 am

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