North and South Korea the day gone by drew 0-Zero in a historical, however surreal FIFA International Cup qualifier performed in entrance of an empty stadium and nearly utterly blocked off from the out of doors international.

The showdown between the 2 aspects — whose international locations are nonetheless technically at conflict — happened at Pyongyang’s Kim Il-sung Stadium without a reside broadcast, no supporters and no international media in attendance.

Tottenham Hotspur megastar Son Heung-min captained South Korea within the first aggressive males’s fit to be performed in Pyongyang, however South Korean enthusiasts — pissed off at no longer being allowed to trip to the sport — should wait days to look it on tv after officers carry again a recording on DVD.

“North Korea promised to supply a DVD containing complete photos of the fit prior to our delegation departs,” the South Korean Ministry of Unification mentioned in a commentary.

The one easy method to observe the fit, which the Asian Soccer Confederation (AFC) had billed as “some of the eagerly expected fixtures” for years, used to be by means of the restricted on-line textual content remark posted at the FIFA and AFC Internet websites.

Then again, the minimum updates had been restricted to yellow playing cards and substitutions.

Qatari referee Abdulrahman al-Jassim booked North Korea’s Ri Yong-jik and Ri Un-chol and South Korea’s Kim Younger-gwon and Kim Min-jae.

{A photograph} posted at the Internet website of South Korea’s Korean Soccer Affiliation (KFA) confirmed the fit in development with large floodlights illuminating the empty stands.

Some of the tiny collection of spectators used to be FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who flew in to Pyongyang previous within the day.

“It’s an excellent excitement to be right here,” mentioned Infantino, who sported a North Korean flag lapel pin as he used to be welcomed on the airport by way of North Korean Soccer Affiliation head Kim Jang-san.

The South Korea facet had arrived in Pyongyang on Monday accompanied simplest by way of their coaches and strengthen group of workers.

The delegation needed to go away their cell phones on the South Korean embassy in Beijing forward in their departure.

“We need to use no matter works at any given second,” a KFA legit mentioned, including they had been depending on e-mails.

South Korean football enthusiasts had been outraged over the blackout and demanded that North Korea be held in charge of no longer following world requirements.

“A recreation that’s no longer broadcast reside is totally meaningless,” a fan commented on-line.



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