North Korea v South Korea: Match was ‘like war’, says South

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The game was played with no spectators and no journalists allowed

South Korea’s football team has described their recent match with North Korea as “like a war”, after arriving back in the South.The qualifier for the 2022 World Cup took place in the North’s capital Pyongyang on Tuesday in a stadium with no fans from either country.The match – which finished 0-0 – was only the second time South Korea’s men’s team had played in Pyongyang.The two countries are technically still at war and relations are at a low ebb.”It [the match] was like war,” said the Korea Football Association vice-president Choi Young-il as the team arrived back at Incheon airport on Thursday.”North Koreans wouldn’t even make eye contact when I talked to them, not to mention respond,” he added.The captain of the South Korean squad – Tottenham’s Son Heung-min – was also surprised by the North’s rough tactics.”The match was very aggressive to a degree that I think it’s a huge achievement just to return safely without being injured,” he said.”North Korean players were sensitive and aggressive…there was a lot of severe swearing [from them].”According to Fifa’s official report, there were two yellow cards for either side. A video from the Swedish ambassador to North Korea, Joachim

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