North Korea rout Kyrgysztan - 4/0
North Korea with a fine display of soccer overcame Kyrgysztan by four
goals to nil to head towards the semifinals of the ongoing AFC Challenge
Cup yesterday at the Sugathadasa stadium. The winners were one nil at
the half way mark with goal being scored by Korean skipper Paksong Chol
in the eighteenth minute.
Koreans played to a plan right throughout this half but failed to
find the net to add more goals to their tally. Kyrgysztan made every
effort to find the equaliser but could not do so as the Korean defenders
held a strong fort. The second session began with the Koreans looking
for more goals and Kim Song Gi struck quickly to add to the score 2 - 0.
Kyrgysztan could not hold their pressure from the Koreans. The Strikers
stuck to their task and added two more goals through Choe Myong and Kim
Won Sik in the 60th and 63rd minute respectively to seal victory and
also to keep their hopes alive for a berth in the semis.
Turkmenistan edge out India
Turkmenistan with a hard fought game defeated India one goal to nil
and kept their intentions clear to make it to the semis final. India
though they lost the match displayed quality soccer right through the
match giving the Turkmenistanis a torrid time.
The second session was evenly contested with both teams penetrating
each others defence lines on many occasions. Indians never had the luck
though they tried to get the equalizer during this session.
It was Turkmenistans penalty goal that gave them the chance to see
them end up as victors.
India’s jewel, Raja Shaikh was shown the red card by the Japanese
referee for rough play with over 15 minutes of play time left.
His departure added more pressure on the Indians as they had to
battle with only nine players.
Turkmenistan at this stage went on a full scale attack and penetrated
defence lines regularly but failed to add anything to the score as the
Indians back row put on a strong fight back.
Turkmenistan had to fight all the way in the first half to hold on to
their lead which they got through a penalty in the 26th minute of the
game. India in the meantime fought a grim battle to halt the
Turkmenistan strikers from scoring as they were in the lead and was
trying to extend it.
Sri Lankans meet Bangladesh today
Today Sri Lanka take on Bangladesh at the same venue which is of
vital importance for the Bangladeshis as this will decide their fate for
the semi final berth.
On the other hand Sri Lanka will have to put up a better show at
least to prove that they are capable of facing a stiff challenge.
Lankans should make every effort at least to settle for a draw to
prove the local crowds that they are improving game by game.
This being a young side none could expect miracles but a better game
of soccer is sufficient to satisfy the crowds expected for the game.