Gallant Sri Lanka lose 0-1 to DPR, Korea | Daily News

2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Gallant Sri Lanka lose 0-1 to DPR, Korea

A Sri Lankan defender tries to stop a DPR Korea player from making an advance during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers match played at Race Course International stadium yesterday. (Pic by Sulochana Gamage)
A Sri Lankan defender tries to stop a DPR Korea player from making an advance during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers match played at Race Course International stadium yesterday. (Pic by Sulochana Gamage)

Sri Lanka put up a close fight with football heavyweights Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea before going down by one goal to nil in a 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers campaign played at the Racecourse International Stadium in yesterday.

Both teams played a very competitive game throughout but the contest but the Lankan players left a lot of gaps which the visitors capitalized on. The visitors used the spaces well by their defensive passes. However the first half ended scoreless.

DPR Korea netted their first goal in the 67th minute when their striker Jang Kuk Chol fired a head shot. Sri Lanka skipper was injured during the 70th minute of the game and was replaced by junior player Naveed Jude.

Sri Lanka and the North Koreans are in Group H of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup Joint-Qualifiers second round where they are joined by Asian heavyweights Korea Republic, Turkmenistan and Lebanon.

The North Koreans defeated the Lebanese 2-0 in the first match of their qualification campaign last Thursday but suffered a 2-0 defeat to Turkmenistan in their opener at Colombo. As many as 40 teams from Asia have been drawn in eight groups of five teams each for the second round of the qualifiers which will run until June 9, 2020. Eight group winners as well as the four best runners-up will qualify for the AFC Asian Cup 2023 to be held in China as well as the third and final round of the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers which is scheduled to begin in September 2020.


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