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Qualifiers - Group I: DPR Korea flex muscles, Hong Kong show resilience


Tuesday, September 17, 2019
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Singapore: Ri Kum-chol's five goals steered DPR Korea to a 16-0 win over Guam, while Hong Kong edged Singapore 2-1 in Group I of the AFC U-16 Championship 2020 Qualifiers at the Japan Besar Stadium on Tuesday.


DPR Korea showed their superiority early in the game as they took a 9-0 lead at half-time before racing to a 16-0 finish on Matchday One. In the group's other tie, Hong Kong came from a goal down to see off Singapore 2-1.

Guam 0-16 DPR Korea

Yom Chol-gyong gave DPR Korea the lead in the seventh minute before goals from Choe Song-jin in the 12th minute and captain Ri Il-Song gave the East Asians a 3-0 lead at the 15-minute mark.

Guam were no match for the speed and agility of DPR Korea as Choe Song-jin scored his second goal in the 33rd minute and added his third two minutes later from the penalty spot.

Ri Kum-chol joined the party in the 37th minute, while Ri Il-song added two quick goals in the 39th and 42nd (penalty) minutes before Choe Song-jin made it 9-0 in the 44th minute for DPR Korea going into the break.

There was no respite for Guam in the second half as DPR Korea furthered their advantage as Ri Kum-chol scored two more goals in the 52th and 55th minutes, while Yom Chol-gyong and Kim Kwang-ryong made it 13-0 at the 65th-minute mark.

Despite their massive lead, DPR Korea did not let up and scored three more goals through Ri Kum-chol (two) and Ryu Kwon-ung to end the match with a 16-0 score.

DPR Korea will play Singapore next on Wednesday, while Guam face Hong Kong.


Hong Kong 2-1 Singapore

Singapore had the better start as they took an early lead through Khairin Nadim Rahim's ninth minute strike.

However, Hong Kong persevered and canceled out Rahim's opener after Lee Tsz Hin found the back of the net in the 35th minute to level the score going into the break.

Both teams were equally matched in the second half as they struggled to break the deadlock.

But as the final blow of the whistle approached, Hong Kong made one final push and were rewarded with a penalty, which was converted by Lee Lok Him in added time.

Hong Kong will face Guam next on Wednesday, while Singapore will entertain DPR Korea.

Photos: Football Association of Singapore