S. Korean national football team returns after bizarre match in Pyeongyang


The South Korean national football team is
back in Seoul today after a bizarre World Cup qualifying match in Pyeongyang on Tuesday. As the match was not broadcast live,… the
media and supporters were especially interested in what the South Korean squad had to say
about the game. Our Won Jung-hwan has more. It was nearly 1 AM in the morning,… but
football fans and reporters were waiting in line at Incheon International Airport to greet
the squad’s arrival. It was a welcome return from Tuesday evening’s
peculiar match against North Korea,… where the Taeguk Warriors had to play in an empty
Kim Il-sung Stadium with no cameras capturing the action live. Indeed, a member of the South Korean delegation
that traveled with the squad said the whole trip was a series of unpleasant surprises. “We couldn’t communicate with people back
home. There was no internet connection whatsoever. We were blocked in our hotel so no one was
able to move freely. The explanation was that they need to follow
their own regulations. When we kept asking about it, everyone acted
busy to avoid us.” The team also had to rough it out on the pitch
as the North Koreans played very aggressively. “It’s a shame we couldn’t win,… but to be
honest, I think we should be happy no one got injured due to the extremely violent way
they were playing. We could even hear some of the North Korean
players cursing.” South Korea’s Head Coach Paulo Bento also
mentioned that the match officials had to stop the game regularly due to the sheer amount
of fouls committed by the North Koreans. He said that, while they are disappointed
not to win, he’s pleased his players coped with such a difficult situation. The South Korean team say they have brought
a recorded copy of the game back with them. While South Korea’s KBS had planned to show
the match on Thursday, providing the video quality is good enough and the full match
is included on the DVD,… they have decided in the end not to air the game. “The much anticipated match between the two
Koreas ended with neither side scoring,… but to decide who will get the ticket to Qatar
in 2022,… the two need to meet again, only this time will be at a fully packed stadium
in South Korea next June and aired live to the world. Won Jung-hwan, Arirang News Incheon.”

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