After delays, DPRK and Malaysia play Asia Cup qualifying match
By Hu Shichen
After being postponed, the qualifying match for the 2019 Asia Cup between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Malaysia took place in Thailand on Friday due to political tensions between the two countries.
In the twelfth minute, Pak Kwang Ryong slotted home a penalty to put the DPRK ahead.
Then a Kim Yu-Song header helped the DPRK to a 2-0 lead with three minutes left before half-time.
After the break, the DPRK went up by three goals with Kim Yong Il’s stunner on 46 minutes making it four 12 minutes later thanks to Jong Il Gwan’s tap in.
Malaysia pulled one back with a brilliant effort from Safawi Rasid, but it proved to just be a consolation as the match ended 4-1 for the DPRK. The two sides will play again at the same venue on Monday.