DPR strike late to deny Czechs
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After the disappointment of Saturday's two scoreless matches, Tuesday 3 July will go down as the day Group E finally saw some goals, the Czech Republic and Korea DPR sharing the points after a thrilling 2-2 draw in Ottawa. It was the Europeans who were left shaking their heads though, after allowing the Asian champions to level the match late on.

In marked contrast to the game against reigning champions Argentina, Miroslav Soukup sent out an attacking line-up to face the North Koreans, including livewire front-man Tomas Pekhart. However, it was Korea DPR who struck first, captain Kum Il Kim opening the scoring on 12 minutes with an excellent individual effort. Somewhat subdued in the first period, the Czechs came out all guns blazing after the break. Their reward was not long in arriving, Lubos Kalouda levelling the match with a low right-footed drive after 56 minutes. Ten minutes later, the Czech Republic were ahead, Martin Fenin breaking into the six-yard box to get on the end of a pinpoint cross from the right-hand flank. That appeared to be that, until the Koreans' never-say-die approach was awarded with an 89th-minute penalty. Radek Petr guessed the right way and saved Kwang Ik Jon's spot kick, only for the alert defender to latch onto the rebound and make it 2-2.

The result means that nothing has been decided as yet in Group E, with the final two games set to be played on 6 July. Czech Republic take on Panama in Montreal, while Argentina face Korea DPR in Ottawa.