Iran booked their passage to the last eight of the 2011 AFC Asian Cup with a win over Korea DPR, while defending champions Iraq bounced back from their opening defeat with a late victory over United Arab Emirates.
The final teams to take the field at the AFC Asian Cup did so with champions Iraq left with little room to manoeuvre after losing an epic encounter against neighbours Iran, while Korea DPR and UAE played out a goalless stalemate.
Coach Kim Jong-Hun and striker Jong Tae-Se have reflected on a campaign that began brightly for Korea DPR but ultimately ended in three straight defeats.
Korea DPR may be overwhelming underdogs for their 2010 FIFA World Cup opener against Brazil, but that won't stop coach Kim Jong-Hun from targeting a shocking upset.
Korea DPR will journey to South Africa as arguably the most mysterious of the 32 qualifiers. FIFA.com delivers ten facts about Kim Jong-Hun's outsiders.
Unheralded 2010 FIFA World Cup participants Korea DPR will not want for team synergy with numerous squad members hailing from the April 25 club.