21 November 2014

DPR Korea seal progress to 2015 East Asian Cup

Taipei: DPR Korea are through to the 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup after finishing top of Preliminary Round 2 with a 0-0 draw against hosts Chinese Taipei on Wednesday.
Having picked up a maximum of six points from their opening two games against Hong Kong and Guam, Chollima entered the day’s final round of matches knowing a draw would be enough for them to seal top spot.
But as it is, their progress to next year’s East Asian Cup, which will be held in Wuhan, China, was secured before they even kicked a ball on Wednesday after Hong Kong and Guam – the two sides that had a mathematical chance of overtaking them – played out a 0-0 draw at the Taipei Municipal Stadium.
The North Koreans were then unable to maintain their perfect record in the tournament as they played out a goalless stalemate with Chinese Taipei, although it was the slightest of blemishes in what had been a dominant display over the last week.
Nonetheless, before DPR Korea take on China, Japan and Korea Republic at the East Asian Cup, they will be focusing their attention onJanuary’s AFC Asian Cup 2015 in Australia.
Yun Jong-su’s charges qualified for the Asian Cup by virtue of being the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup champions but will need to be at their best in order to advance to the knockout round, after being drawn in Group B alongside Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia and China.


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