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Kim II-Sung Stadium

Referee: Basma Muhsen | Attendance: 3000

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North Korea

  • Yong Jo Hong 64' PEN

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South Korea

  • Ki Sung-Yueng 69'

North Korea 1-1 South Korea: Rivals draw again

SHANGHAI, Sept 10 (Reuters) - North and South Korea, states technically still at war, drew 1-1 on Wednesday in a World Cup qualifying match moved to Shanghai for political reasons.

Soccer's world governing body FIFA last month moved the

match, which was originally scheduled to take place in

Pyongyang, because the North refused to play the South's anthem

and raise the flag of its foe at a stadium in its capital.

North Korea struck first in the Asian Group Two game when

Hong Yong-jo converted a penalty awarded in the 64th minute

after a foul in the area by South Korean captain Kim Nam-il.

South Korea equalised five minutes later when Ki Sung-yueng

controlled a long pass on his chest and then slid a low shot

past diving North Korean goalkeeper Ri Myong-guk.

The result left North Korea top of the group with four

points from two matches after they won 2-1 away to United Arab

Emirates in their first group match last week.

South Korea are second with a point after one match. United

Arab Emirates host Saudi Arabia in the group later on Wednesday.

South Korea were without forward Park Ji-sung because his

club Manchester United would not release him for international

duty, fearing he could aggravate a lingering knee injury.

The stadium in Shanghai was mostly empty.

North Korea, as the home team, tripled some ticket prices

compared to an earlier qualifier played in the same stadium so

they could keep out opposition fans based in the Chinese city

for business and to study, South Korean soccer officials said.

The two Koreas, whose 1950-53 war ended in a ceasefire and

not a peace treaty, had already played out two goalless draws in

the third round of Asian qualifying. The match set for Pyongyang

in March was also moved to Shanghai for political reasons.

South Korea, looking for a seventh straight trip to the

World Cup finals, played the anthem of its Cold War rival and

raised its flag when the North came to Seoul in June.

The top two in the two groups that make up the fourth round

of Asian qualifying earn places in the 2010 finals in South

Africa, with another spot available to the fifth-placed team if

they can overcome Oceania champions New Zealand in a playoff.

Analysts said the North's communist ideology could not allow

for a patriotic display by South Koreans in its capital when it

has been telling the masses its capitalist neighbours yearn for

unification under the North's communist banner.

"The biggest weakness or the Achilles heal on their whole

world view is that the South Koreans are proud of their own

state and do not want to live under Kim Jong-il," said Brian

Myers, a specialist in the North's state ideology at Dongseo

University in the South.

"As soon as they allow South Korean fans to come to North

Korea and cheer for their own team and wave their own flags,,

the North Korean leaders come under pressure to explain that to

their own people."

Scoring Summary

  • North Korea
  • South Korea
Yong Jo Hong (pen 64')

Match Stats

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  • South Korea
0(0) Shots (on goal) 0(0)
0 Fouls 0
0 Corner kicks 0
0 Offsides 0
0% Time of Possession 0%
0 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
0 Saves 0


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  • South Korea
Yellow Cards
Kim Nam-Il (63')