Hong Yong-Jo scored twice as Korea DPR beat Jordan 2-0 in Pyongyang Saturday to seal not just their place in the final phase of Asian FIFA World Cup™ qualifying but also Korea Republic's.
Trailing the two Koreas by four points at the start of the game, Jordan needed a win to keep alive their hopes of being one of the 10 teams still standing on the road to South Africa.
But a goal in each half from Serbian-based striker Hong sealed their fate.
Korea Republic play Turkmenistan later Saturday in Ashgabat but the result is now academic.
The victory was Korea DPR's third in five games as they moved to the top of Group 3 with 11 points. Korea Republic have eight and Jordan four, with Turkmenistan out of contention on one.
Korea DPR scored their first a minute before half-time when a quick counter-attack culminated in Hong firing a powerful shot past Jordan keeper Lo'ai Al Amaireh.
Jordan threw everything into attack in the second half but paid the price of leaving themselves exposed at the back when Hong went past three defenders before shooting past Al Amaireh 18 minutes from time.
Ten teams go into the hat later this month to decide the two groups of five who will play for the four automatic berths Asia has been allocated for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.