North Korea upset Bahrain 3-2 in WC qualifier

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:53 IST

An 89th minute goal by An-Chol Hyuk handed North Korea a surprise 3-2 victory over hosts Bahrain in the final Asia Zone Group B World Cup qualifier.

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An 89th minute goal by An-Chol Hyuk handed North Korea a surprise 3-2 victory over hosts Bahrain in the final Asia Zone Group B World Cup qualifier for both teams on Wednesday. The win gave the North Koreans their only points in six qualification matches. Bahrain, having already clinched third place in the group, move on to face Uzbekistan in a two-leg playoff next month, with the winners facing the fourth qualifiers from CONCACAF for a berth at Germany 2006. Powerful strike North Korea opened the scoring after a corner in the 28th minute, with Choe Chul Man heading in. Two minutes before the break, North Korea added a second with a powerful strike into the top corner from Kim Chol Ho. Bahrain came out of the changing rooms firing on all cylinders and only four minutes after the re-start, they reduced the deficit through Salman Isa Ghuloom, who headed in from just outside the six-metre (yard) box to cut the North Korean lead to 2-1. Four minutes later, Bahrain pulled level when Hussain Ali struck from close range. It stayed that way until just seconds before the end when North Korea's An-CholHyuk bounced a header over the out-stretched arms of Bahrain's goalkeeper Ali to give North Korea a 3-2 lead. That's how it ended as North Korea finished a disappointing World Cup qualification campaign with their first points in six matches, beating Bahrain 3-2. (AP)

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