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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Korea DPR (North) Men's National Soccer Team News

September 3, 2015 - Jong Il-gwan scores in win over Bahrain
"DPR Korea continued their perfect start to the second preliminary round of joint-qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup/2019 AFC Asian Cup with substitute Jong Il-gwan’s first-half goal seeing the Chollima edge Bahrain 1-0 on Thursday. The 2010 AFC Youth Player of the Year scored just two minutes after coming off the bench to replace So Hyon-uk and with neither side able to add to the scoreline at the Bahrain National Stadium, Jong’s goal was enough for DPR Korea to make it three wins out of three." - AFC

August 3, 2015 - Ri Hyok-chol & Pak Hyong-il score in win over Japan
"DPR Korea upset favourites Japan as they beat the Asian giants 2-1 in their EAFF (East Asian Football Federation) East Asian Cup 2015 campaign opener at the Wuhan Sports Center Stadium in China on Sunday. The Japanese took the lead within three minutes through Urawa Reds star and international debutant Yuki Muto thanks to a Wataru Endo assist. Vahid Halilhodzic’s side went into the break having maintained their slender advantage, but the North Koreans drew level late on in the second half when Ri Hyok-chol equalised on 78 minutes, before Pak Hyong-il found the net two minutes from time to give Kim Chang-bok’s charges all three points." - AFC

June 16, 2015 - Kwang-ryong, Kuk-chol, Hak-su & Hyok-chol score in win over Uzbekistan
"Four first-half goals laid the foundations for DPR Korea’s second win of the 2018 FIFA World Cup/2019 AFC Asian Cup joint-qualifiers as the East Asians downed fellow 2015 AFC Asian Cup participants Uzbekistan 4-2 on Tuesday.... The Chollima hit the ground running at the Kim Il-sung Stadium with Pak Kwang-ryong, who plays his club football in the Swiss Super League for Liechtenstein-based Vaduz, putting the home side 1-0 up with just four minutes played. Pyongyang City FC defender Jang Kuk-chol doubled DPR Korea’s lead 12 minutes later and after Ro Hak-su had got his name on the scoresheet with the third in the 34th minute, Ri Hyok-chol put further distance between the two-time AFC Challenge Cup winners and the Uzbeks with number four two minutes later. Igor Sergeev - scorer of the winning goal at Stadium Australia back in the Asian Cup meeting back in January - gave the Uzbeks a lifeline when he found the net eight minutes into the second half before Sardor Rashidov halved the deficit with Uzbekistan’s second with 11 minutes left to play." - AFC

June 11, 2015 - So Hyun-uk scores in win over Yemen
"So Hyun-uk’s second-half strike was enough to give DPR Korea a winning start to their 2018 FIFA World Cup/2019 AFC Asian Cup joint-qualifying campaign as the Chollima edged Yemen 1-0 in their Group H opener on Thursday. The April 25 attacker scored the only goal of the game with 71 minutes at the Qatar Sports Club Stadium played as the North Koreans went joint-top of the standings with the Philippines, who defeated Bahrain 2-1 in the earlier Group H fixture." - AFC

December 31, 2014 - Asian Cup roster named
"Pak, currently playing on loan at Vaduz from Swiss champions Basel, is one of only four players in Jo Tong-sop's party to play outside of North Korea. Defender Cha also plies his trade in Switzerland's top flight and he is one of just two players in the squad that played in the 2010 World Cup - with goalkeeper Ri Myong-guk having also represented North Korea in South Africa. Head coach Jo has also named eight players from Rimyongsu, who finished runners-up at the AFC President's Cup in May." - Modern Ghana

November 16, 2014 - Jong Il-Gwan scores brace in win over Guam 
"Korea DPR have claimed a dominant 5-1 victory over Guam in EAFF East Asian Cup semi-finals currently being held in Chinese Taipei.... Jong Il-Gwan got the scoring underway on 14 minutes before Guam got an equaliser just after the hour mark. With the match hanging in the balance, Il-Gwan scored his second before three quick strikes ensured Korea DPR secured their second win in their opening two matches." - AFC 

November 13, 2014 - Ri Chol-myong & O Hyok-chol score in win over Hong Kong
"Jaimes McKee made history for Hong Kong but it still was not enough as North Korea took command in the East Asian Cup qualifiers, winning 2-1 in Taipei on Thursday. McKee became the first Hong Kong player to score against the North Koreans in an international A match in 25 years.... Striker Jong II-gwan, the AFC 2010 Youth Player of the Year, first hit the crossbar for North Korea on 50 minutes, but it was Ri Chol-myong who drew first blood in the 58th minute. Second-half substitute O Hyok-chol added to the tally with 10 minutes left." - South China Morning Post

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