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North Korea game 'was like war' - South Korea

South Korea GM Choi Young-il spoke about the intensity of their match after their 0-0 draw with North Korea.

South Korea were happy to have made it back from Pyongyang in one piece after Tuesday's brutal 2022 World Cup qualifier, a Korean FA official said, also describing the physical encounter as being "like war."

The game, the first between the two teams on North Korean soil in 30 years, ended as a 0-0 draw and was played out in front of empty stands. There was no broadcast of the game after the North refused to screen it live.

Reclusive North Korea and the rich, democratic South are technically still...

Fans may be forced to follow Korean Derby by fax

Tuesday's 2022 World Cup qualifier between South Korea and North Korea is set to take place in Pyongyang's Kim Il-sung Stadium.
Tuesday's 2022 World Cup qualifier between North Korea and South Korea is set to take place in Pyongyang's Kim Il-sung Stadium.

South Korea may be one of the most technically advanced countries in the world, but football fans are facing the prospect of having to follow Tuesday's 2022 World Cup qualifier against North Korea in Pyongyang by fax.

Tensions between the two countries, which are technically still at war, remain high and while North Korea has agreed to host the game, negotiations to broadcast the action live in the south came to nothing.

In a joint statement issued on Monday, South Korea's three major terrestrial...

Top 10 World Cup memories: No. 9 - Portugal 7 North Korea 0

Ronaldo jumps over North Korea's goalkeeper Ri Myong-Guk before scoring Portugal's sixth.
Ronaldo jumps over North Korea's goalkeeper Ri Myong-Guk before scoring Portugal's sixth.

In this special 10-part series, ESPN's Jayaditya Gupta, who has attended every World Cup since 2002, recalls his favourite matches from the tournament. At no. 9, it's Portugal's rout of North Korea in 2010, where Cristiano Ronaldo left a lasting impression and North Korea's misery extended well beyond the scoreline.

The context

Portugal came into this game off a goalless draw against Ivory Coast while North Korea, in their first World Cup in 44 years, had kept Brazil down to a 2-1 win.

The match

The...