North Korea / DPR Korea Football
10 October 2016
Philippine Azkals bow to North Korea in friendly, 3-1
Paolo Del Rosario
, CNN Philippines
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines)
— The Philippine Azkals fell to North Korea, 3-1, in their international friendly match on Monday at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.
It was their first meeting since the Philippines dumped North Korea, 3-2, out of the FIFA World Cup Qualifying tournament last March.
In the prematch press conference, the coaches of both sides said that the friendly was to prepare for future tournaments.
The Philippines got off to a rough start in the match, with North Korea taking a 2-0 advantage into the halftime break
Pak Kwang Ryong got North Korea on the scoreboard after his header from a corner kick found the back of the net at the 11th minute mark.
Things got worse for the Philippines towards the end of the half, after North Korea doubled their lead through Pak Song Chol at the 38th minute.
The second half did not provide respite for the Filipinos, who conceded another goal in the 67th minute from Jong Gwan.
Substitute Iain Ramsay ensured that the Azkals would not end the day without getting on the scoreboard, after chipping the North Korean keeper in the 76th minute pull the score back 3-1.
The goal reinvigorated the Azkals, but their late second half push failed to yield anymore goals.
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