With the group stage now over, ESPN FC runs the rule over the teams that failed to progress to the quarterfinals of the 2015 Asian Cup.
For North Korea, the 2015 Asian Cup is already over.
Three games and three defeats will not make for happy reading back in Pyongyang, especially after genuine hopes that this team could survive the first round of the continental competition.
Group B contained China, Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan and was seen as an open one. Yet the team has once again failed at a major tournament. In the 2010 World Cup, the 2011 and 2015 Asian Cups, North Korea has lost eight of its nine games.
But this time is more...
China held on for a 2-1 win over North Korea in Canberra, allowing Alain Perrin's side to sign off on a successful Group B mission as they head into the quarterfinals for a showdown with Australia in Brisbane on Jan. 22.
Here are three points from the Group B match in Canberra:
1. China deserve top spot
Make no mistake, this team knows how to play an attractive and effective brand of football if given the chance.
Albeit against clearly underdone opposition -- not to mention in a match where...
With two wins from as many attempts, China have already surpassed pre-tournament expectations leading into the 2015 AFC Asian Cup after first-round exits in the two previous editions.
A draw in their final Group B match against North Korea on Sunday would be enough for the Chinese to win their pool and guarantee one of the top four seeds heading into the quarterfinals -- setting up a glamour tie with Group A runners-up and tournament hosts Australia.
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So, are China finally ready to take a significant...