Group E in Ottawa got underway with a whimper rather than a bang this Saturday as DPR Korea and Panama shared the spoils in the first goalless draw thus far at the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007. The teams still had reason for cheer after the 0-0 stalemate however, as both nations picked up their first-ever point at this level.
The Asian outfit went into the game as reigning continental champions, and appeared keen to impose their style on the game from the outset. Not to be outdone, Julio Dely Valdes' willing charges fought their way steadily back into the match, which had the effect of concentrating play in the congested midfield area. The clearest chances fell to Jo Tong-Sop's youngsters but a defiant display from Panama keeper Luis Mejia ensured his goal would not be breached.
The result keeps both sides in the hunt for a place in the last sixteen, ahead of the second matchday scheduled for 3 July. The North Koreans are set to take on Czech Republic, while Panama face title holders Argentina.