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Qualifiers - Group K: DPR Korea, Indonesia cruise

Friday, November 8, 2019
Timor Leste - DPR Korea 4- U19 qualifiers

Jakarta: DPR Korea and Indonesia were hardly troubled as both secured 4-0 wins over Timor-Leste and Hong Kong respectively in Group K of the AFC U-19 Championship Uzbekistan 2020 Qualifiers on Friday.

Indonesia lead the standings with six points, two ahead of DPR Korea who had to come from behind to salvage a 1-1 draw against Hong Kong on the opening day.

Timor-Leste lie bottom of the Group K table after suffering their second consecutive defeat - having lost 3-1 to Indonesia on Wednesday, while Hong Kong lie third.

DPR Korea will face Indonesia in their final group game on Sunday, while Timor Leste take on Hong Kong.

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Timor Leste 0-4 DPR Korea

Pak Kyong-bong's charges needed only seven minutes to open their account as Ra Nam-hyon curled his free-kick over the Timor-Leste wall to put DPR Korea in front.

Ri Kum-hyon then extended the advantage in the 21st minute after losing his marker at the top of the box before firing a low drive past Timor-Leste goalkeeper Junildo Manuel Pereira.

Lee Min-young's Timor-Leste fell further behind in the 77th minute after a lapse in concentration saw substitute Hong Hwang beat his marker inside the area before squaring for Kim Chol-guk to blast home DPR Korea's third goal.

Ri Jo-guk, who was on target against Hong Kong, ended proceedings with a sublime finish from inside the box after collecting Kim Kang-song's through pass three minutes into added time.

Hong Kong 0-4 Indonesia

Indonesia came into the tie looking for their second win, while Hong Kong were searching for their first three points.

It was a tightly contested affair at the Madya Stadium with both teams having equal amount of possession but neither was able to finish the early chances.

Indonesia, however, opened the proceedings in spectacular fashion after some quick exchanges between captain David Maulana and Amiruddin Bagas Arrizqi saw the latter lob the ball over Hong Kong custodian Lo Siu Kei in the 24th minute.

Muhammad Fajar Fathur then doubled Indonesia's lead just before the half-hour mark when he blasted the ball home after finishing off Mochammad Supriadi's cutback deep inside the box.

Indonesia continued to bombard the Hong Kong defence in the second half and almost scored again in the 52nd minute through Risky Ridho Ramadhani's long-range effort, but Lo was up to the task.

Fakhri Husaini's charges however, extended their lead in the 60th minute through Maulana's free-kick and scored their fourth goal of the evening from the penalty spot courtesy of Amiruddin Bagus Alfikri in added time.

The 11 group winners and four best runners-up will join hosts Uzbekistan in the 2020 Finals.

Tajikistan have already qualified as Group C winners and should Uzbekistan finish either top of Group F of the Qualifiers or are among the best four second-placed teams, the fifth best runners-up will qualify.

Group A of the Qualifiers - featuring Iraq, Oman, Palestine, Kuwait and Pakistan - will be played on November 22-30 in Muscat, Oman.

Photos: Football Association of Indonesia

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