Korea DPR moved a step closer to securing their place in South Africa next year with a 2-0 victory over the United Arab Emirates in Asian qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.
In a one-sided encounter, Pak Nam-Chol put the hosts ahead in the 51st minute before Mun In-Guk struck in stoppage time to make the points safe. The win moves the Koreans top of Group 2 with ten points from five games while the UAE remain rooted to the foot of the table with just one point.
The hosts started well with skipper Hong Yong-Jo causing a number of problems for the UAE defence and his pass found Jong Tae-Se through on goal but Majed Naser did well to deny the striker. Naser then twice denied Jong when the Kawasaki Frontale player was first through on goal before his header was superbly palmed away by the shotstopper.
But there was nothing Naser could do to deny Korea DPR taking the lead in the 51st minute as Pak picked up a pass on the edge of the area, took one touch to steady himself and struck a delightful effort into the top left corner of the net. Pak shot wide in the 64th minute after Hong had set the defender up while substitute Mohamed Ibrahim sent an effort from distance wide in a rare UAE attack six minutes later.
Mun issued a warning to the UAE in the 78th minute when he rattled the left upright with a shot from distance before the visitors enjoyed a rare spell of pressure in the closing stages as they threatened to snatch a late equaliser. Mun put the game beyond them three minutes into injury time when he smashed home a pass from Ji Yun-Nam.