Friday, June 19, 2009

Both Koreas Reach World Cup for the 1st Time

For the first time since the FIFA World Cup began in 1930, both South and North Korea will step on the turf together.

Wednesday evening in Seoul, the South Korean squad sealed its clean record with no defeat in the Asian qualifying round of Group B, ending the match against Iran in a 1-1 draw. Iran scored the opening goal just six minutes into the second half. But less than 10 minutes before the final whistle, Korea's Park Ji-sung landed a left-foot equalizer that ultimately eliminated Iran from next year's finals in South Africa.

North Korea in the meantime was able to end its away-match against Saudi Arabia scoreless, securing second place and a ticket to the finals.

The 2010 World Cup will be South Korea's seventh straight appearance in the tournament and the second for the North Korean team since 1966 in England.

Arirang News / Jun. 18, 2009 12:17 KST

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