10 November 2017


Buriram: Thailand: DPR Korea breathed new life into their AFC Asian Cup qualifying campaign on Friday evening with a 4-1 victory over Malaysia in Group B.
First-half strikes from Pak Kwang-ryong and Kim Yu-song put Joern Andersen’s side in control before Kim Yong-Il and Jong Il-gwan added two more after the break. 
Safawi Rasid’s late consolation was not enough to prevent the Malaysians becoming isolated at the bottom of the group on one point.
The result takes DPR Korea level with second-placed Hong Kong ahead of the second encounter with Malaysia on Monday.
After a scrappy opening, DPR Korea took the upper hand and won a penalty in the 11th minute.
Saudi Arabian referee Fahad Adwan Almirdasi ruled that Malaysia skipper Fadhli Shas had handled Ri Yong-jik’s cross from the left. Pak side footed home the spot kick to put his team in front.
Dominant DPR Korea almost added a second in the 34th minute when Pak Kwang-ryong smashed a 25-yard drive against the bar. 
And there was nearly an embarrassing moment for Wan Zack Haikal when his back pass from inside the Korean half evaded Hafizul Hakim in the Malaysia goal and bounced off the post. 
But DPR Korea increased their lead as Kim glanced home Jong's free-kick from the left in the 42nd minute. 
Jong was the provider again as DPR Korea made it 3-0 just three minutes into the second half. Yong Il seized upon a cross from the left and fired into the roof of the net. 

The creator turned scorer in the 59th minute when Jong curled home a free-kick from just outside the box.

Malaysia scored a consolation in the 67th minute when Rasid smashed the ball high into the net from a tight angle after good work from Nazmi Faiz on the left.

Photos: AFC


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