Panama and DPR eye firsts

Group E action starts in Ottowa with a showdown between tournament first-timers Korea DPR and Julio Dely Valdes' Panama, who will be anxious to register their first points in the competition in this their third appearance.

The game
Korea DPR v Panama, 30 June, 16.30 (local time)

The stakes
Having never reached the finals before, Korea DPR are something of an unknown quantity. That said, Jo-Tong Sop's boys were good enough to claim the AFC Youth Championship and Panama will need to be on their guard. Three points will be crucial for both sides if they are to find their way out of a tough group alongside Argentina and the Czechs. Expect an open and attacking encounter.

The players
Korea DPR are at full-strength but Panama will be hampered by the suspension of Francisco Castaneda - a carry-over from qualifying.

The past
The Panamanians have played six matches in the competition to date and have lost the lot, while Korea DPR will be stepping out for the first time.

The words
"I'm delighted our first game is against North Korea. If we're going to qualify from the group and let people know who we are, then we simply have to win. This match will go a long way to determining how well we do." Panama coach Julio Dely Valdes.