DPR Korea hit five past Uzbekistan, advance to final against Qatar
Yangon: A hat-trick from Jo Kwang-myong and strikes from Kim Yu-song and So Jong-hyok saw three-time champions DPR Korea advance to the final of the AFC U-19 Championship in emphatic style with a 5-0 victory over Uzbekistan in Monday’s semi-final at Thuwunna Youth Training Centre Stadium.
Jo got his side off to a dream start with a strike on four minutes to give DPR Korea an early lead before the same player doubled the advantage on the 38th minute to put the East Asians two goals to the good at half-time.
Although Uzbekistan looked for an instant reply following halftime, in a blistering three-goal, nine minute second-half spell the game was effectively over. Jo completed his treble on 65 minutes before Kim and So netted in swift succession to take the lead to five goals and seal the fate of the 2012 semi-finalists, who had reached the final four with an unbeaten record.
DPR Korea, will now advance to Thursday’s final, when they face Qatar in a repeat for both teams’ opening match of the tournament in which Qatar won 3-1.