North Korea in resounding win
North Korea took the top spot in Group B of the AFC Challenge Cup
2010 when they outplayed India by three goals to nil at the Sugathadasa
Stadium yesterday. Korea came to the field as hot favourites with a good
record in the past two games which also assured them of a semi final
India on the other side were playing to record a win in a game here,
but their hopes were dashed with North Korea achieving a comfortable
victory. North Korea led 1-0 with goals being scored in the 36th minute
by Ryang Yong Gi. India pressed hard to find the equalizer but failed in
all their attempt as the strikers could not find the correct target.
The second session commenced with North Korea playing a relaxed game
and at times penetrated the defence line with quick moves. The result
was that Choe Chol Mam found the net to add to their score to make it
2-0. Indians never let the game go away and fought well to restrict
their opponents from scoring freely.
The 71st minute brought further luck for the Koreans and Yang Gi when
he made it three nil and his personal score to two.
North Korea will take on Myanmar in the semi-final.
Meanwhile in the other game in the same group Turkmenistan defeated
Kysgyzstan one goal to nil to safeguard their semi final berth. This
game was played at CR and FC ground, Longden Place. At half time it was
a blank sheet. Nurmurador Begli scored the solitary goal for winners in
the 70th minute.
Turkmenistan will clash with Tajikistan in the second semi-final on
India failed to win a single match during this tournament. The Indian
coach Sukisinder Singh said that the team was minus four of their
regulars yesterday due to injury and one with a red card.
He admitted that though his defence line performed well the strikers
failed to take advantage of the situation.
Meanwhile the North Korean coach Jo Tong Sop was a happy man who said
that his next target is to win the semi-final against Myanmar.
“Myanmar is a fast attacking team, we have to first play a defensive
game to study the pattern of play before going on a large scale attack.
Our strikers have done well and will continue the same in the next game
too,” said Sop.
P W D L G/F G/A Pts
Tajikistan 3 2 0 1 7 3 6
Myanmar 3 2 0 1 6 4 6
Sri Lanka 3 1 0 2 4 7 3
Bangladesh 3 1 0 2 3 6 3
P W D L GF GA Pts
North Korea 3 2 1 0 8 1 7
Turkmenistan 3 2 1 0 3 1 7
Kysgyzstan 3 1 0 2 2 6 3
India 3 0 0 3 1 6 0