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Coppa estasiatica: la situazione

L’Australia surclassa Guam e si guadagna ottime possibilità per superare il turno.

9-0: partita come previsto senza storia, e vittoria Australiana che pareggia (guarda caso..) la differenza reti con la RPDC e si prepara all’ultima sfida con un vantaggio non da poco: giocherà conoscendo già il risultato di RPDC-Hong Kong.

I coreani partono con un lievissimo vantaggio, una rete di vantaggio nei gol fatti (12 contro 11). Ma il dato fondamentale è la parità assoluta nella differenza reti (+10). Inoltre i coreani possono godere di un riposo più lungo, avendo riposato oggi. Basterà?

Qualche questione sulla regolarità del girone però bisogna porla:

Guam, fino ad oggi, decisamente più competitivo (ha perso di misura con Hong Kong, ha pareggiato contro Taipei e subito “solo” 5 reti dai coreani), ha giocato al massimo concedendo ben 9 reti agli “amici” Australiani?

Come si comporterà Taipei nell’ultima sfida, considerando che gli Australiani potranno “pianificare” con calma la loro vittoria con il numero di gol sufficiente per passare il turno?

Attendiamo un paio di giorni e avremo la risposta.

Report della partita

North Korea 1-1 Australia: Socceroos face battle to qualify for East Asian Cup

The draw means the Socceroos have to find their shooting boots or hope results go their way, after another unspectacular performance in East Asian Cup qualifying

Australia suffered a setback in their bid to reach the East Asian Cup after being pegged back to a 1-1 draw by North Korea in qualifying on Wednesday.

Archie Thompson joined John Kosmina and Atilla Abonyi in equal fourth on the all-time Socceroos scorer’s list with his 25th international goal against the group leaders in another largely unconvincing performance in Hong Kong from Holger Osieck’s side.

Yong-Hak An found a deserved equalised on 64 minutes when he hooked home a crisp volley after Australia failed to deal with a set piece.

Tom Rogic was introduced in the second half to spark an ailing midfield as Australia pushed for a winner, but the Socceroos lacked impetus for too much of the match.

A late penalty appeal for a foul on substitute Adam Taggart following some delightful play down the left from Rogic and a Matt McKay header was as close as Australia would come to a second goal.

Just two days after seeing off the tournament hosts 1-0 on a woeful Mong Kok Stadium pitch, the Socceroos lacked sharpness but went ahead after just four minutes through Melbourne Victory front man Thompson.

The veteran had earned a corner when his header was parried behind and reacted quickest to prod home the rebound from close range after team-mate Mark Milligan clattered his header from the resulting corner off the post.

Aside from the inclusion of goalkeeper Mat Ryan for Eugene Galekovic, Osieck stuck with an unchanged side for the match, knowing his side needed the win over their main rivals to avoid a likely goal difference showdown.
North Korea remain top of the table with seven points from three games but have a far better goal difference than Australia, who have four points from two matches. Only the top nation will qualify for the tournament in South Korea in July, 2013.

A slick tempo saw both sides stroke the ball around confidently in the early stages of the match.

But after Thompson stunned Yun Jong-Su’s side, it was all North Korea for the better part of half an hour, with Park Nam-Chol finding the grateful arms of Ryan from a header at the back post.

The Socceroos shot-stopper was again well positioned to deal with Jong Il-Gwan’s strike after another teasing cross, while at the other end Osieck’s side were reduced to hopeful long balls and little fluid possession in the final third.

North Korea continued to probe but wasted a free kick in a dangerous position and were nearly caught in possession on the half-way line after being forced back.

Australia’s goal scorer against Hong Kong, Brett Emerton, found Thompson, whose acrobatic header could only find the side netting on 30 minutes.

Ryan was almost left red faced moments later as he finger-tipped a cross-cum-shot just over the bar.

Australia came out with renewed vigour after the break but it was Nam-Chol who went closest to scoring for North Korea, with Ryan down smartly to deny him in the 53rd minute.

Sporting head gear for a fractured jaw, McKay went through on goal moments later but the angle was too great to screw his shot on target.

North Korea finally broke through from a set piece on 64 minutes and it was no less than they deserved after some enterprising play.

Captain Ri Kwang-Chon first saw his shot deflected but Yong-Hak was on hand in an otherwise crowded box to turn his volley into the net from close range.

It was too little, too late from Australia, who really only looked to take the game to North Korea once parity was restored.

Rogic offered plenty of drive and turned in a beautiful cross for fellow substitute Taggart, who stood paralysed in the box with an open net gaping.

A defender lashed the ball clear and despite sweeping Taggart’s legs from underneath him, the referee was having none of the penalty appeals.

Missione compiuta: RPDC – Australia 1-1

Ri Myong-Guk
Ri Kwang-Hyok
Pak Nam-Chol
Kang Kuk-Chol
Jon Kwang-Ik
Ryang Yong-Gi
Pak Song-Chol
Pak Nam-Chol
An Yong-Hak
Jong Il-Gwan
An Il-Bom (23′ So Tae-Song, 46′ Ri Myong-Jun, 78′ Choe Myong-Ho)

Reti al 4′ di A. Thompson e pareggio coreano con An Yong-Hak.
I coreani mantengono i 3 punti di vantaggio sull’Australia e una media reti di +9 rispetto agli australiani.
Dopodomani la partita verità tra Guam e Australia.
il 9 RPDC – Hong Kong e Australia – Taipei Cinese.

RDPC – Guam: cronaca, foto e video

EAFF East Asian Cup 2013 Preliminary Competition (Round 2)
DPR Korea 5:0 Guam

EAFF East Asian Cup 2013 Preliminary Competition (Round 2) got into the second match day with DPR Korea coming up against Guam. The Koreans continued their strong-showing in the tournament by defeating a resilient Guam side 5-0.

DPR Korea started the game in a positive manner and almost opened the score on the 13th minute when An Il-bom burst through the left flank and finished off with a shot that went just wide off the Guam post.

Guam proved to be no walk-over and almost sneaked in the first goal on the 19th minute when Elias Merfalen took advantage of a sloppy Korean back-pass and quickly unleashed a shot, only to see his attempt sailed high over the DRP Korea crossbar.

DPR Korea broke the game loose on the 25th minute by scoring the first goal of the game. An Il-bom capitalized on a goal-mouth scramble in front of the Guam goal and directed the ball into the opposing net, putting the Koreans in front.

The Koreans continued to press for the next goal and was rewarded on the 33rd minute when Kang Kuk-chol’s long ball found teammate Ri Myong-jun. Ri slipped up in the process yet still managed to gather his footing and delivered the ball into the Guam net, giving his side a two-goal lead.

DPR Korea came close to expanding their lead on the 53rd minute when An Il-bom spun off from two Guam defenders and found himself facing against the opposing goalkeeper. Unfortunately for DPR Korea, the striker’s shot drifted slowly past the Guam goal post and went harmlessly out of play.

The Koreans finally got the third goal that they were looking for on the 59th minute, when Ri Myong-jun found himself on the receiving end of a defense-splitting pass from a fellow teammate. Ri utilized his speed and fired the ball past Guam goalkeeper Doug Herrick, giving DPR Korea a 3-0 lead.

DPR Korea had numerous chances to add to their lead, only to be denied time and time again by the heroics of Guam goalkeeper Doug Herrick.

The Koreans got their fourth goal on the 82nd minute when they stole the ball from Guam in midfield, which resulted in Pak Nam-chol being sent behind the Guam defense. The Korean danger-man did not disappoint by rounding Guam keeper Doug Herrick and then coolly slotting the ball into the net.

DPR Korea added one more goal before the end of the game with Pak Nam-chol waltzed through the Guam defense before directing a pass to Jong Il-gwan, allowing the latter to tap home the ball. DPR Korea enjoying a lead of 5-0.

Both sides played out the match with the score unchanged, as DPR Korea took home the victory by overpowering Guam 5-0.



Est Asian Cup: RPDC – Guam 5-0

Seconda sfida e seconda vittoria per la RPDC che supera la nazionale di Guam con un netto 5-0.

Vittoria in scioltezza, quindi, decisa dalle reti di An Il-Bom (28′), Pak Nam-Chol (82′), Jong Il-Gwan (87′) e Ri Myong-Jun autore di una doppietta (34′ e 59′).

In particolare quest’ultimo, sale a quota 4 nel torneo e si dimostra in ottima forma.

Nell’altra sfida, l’altra favorità, l’Australia, soffre più del dovuto e batte Hong Kong con uno striminzito 1-0, grazie alla rete del capitano Bret Emerton.

Risultato che permette alla Corea di guardare con favore la prossima decisiva sfida, contro gli australiani (mercoledì 5): i coreani, già forti di una differenza reti decisamente interessante (+10) potrebbero anche accontentarsi di un pareggio e gestire il vantaggio, in attesa di “scatenarsi” contro Hong Kong nell’ultima giornata (dopo 4 giorni di riposo, perchè alla quarta giornata c’è il turno di riposo).

1 Ri Myong Guk [C] [GK]
4 Pak Nam Chol
6 Kang Kuk Chol
9 Pak Song Chol
11 Jong Il Gwan
12 Jon Kwang Ik
13 Choe Myong Ho (24′ Ri Myong-Jun, 60′ Ryang Yong-Gi)
14 Pak Nam Chol
15 An Il Bom
19 Hong Kum Song (46′ An Yong-Hak)
20 Ri Kwang Hyok

La lista dei convocati

1-Ri Myong Guk P
18-Ju Kwang Min P
2-Ri Hyong Mu D
6-Kang Kuk Chol C
12-Jon Kwang Ik D
4-Pak Nam Chol C
16-Ro Hak Su D
20-Ri Kwang Hyok D
5-Ri Myong Jun A
8-Ryang Yong Gi C
9-Pak Song Chol A
11-Jong Il Gwan A
13-Choe Myong Ho A
15-An Il Bom A
17-An Yong Hak C
19-Hong Kum Song C
3-Pak Hyon Il C
10-So Tae Song A
??-Pak Kwang Ryong A

Taipei – RPDC 1-6: cronaca, video e immagini

EAFF East Asian Cup 2013 Preliminary Competition (Round 2)
Chinese Taipei 1:6 DPR Korea

1 Ri Myong Guk [C] [GK]
4 Pak Nam Chol
6 Kang Kuk Chol
9 Pak Song Chol
11 Jong Il Gwan
12 Jon Kwang Ik
13 Choe Myong Ho
14 Pak Nam Chol (71′ Ro Hak-Su)
15 An Il Bom (68′ So Tae-Song)
19 Hong Kum Song (58′ Ri Myong-Jun)
20 Ri Kwang Hyok

DPR Korea and Chinese Taipei squared off in the EAFF East Asian Cup 2013 Preliminary Competition (Round 2). The Koreans put on a football clinic on the occasion and comfortably beating Chinese Taipei 6-1.

DPR Korea displayed the skills, work-rate and determination that got them to the 2010 South Africa World Cup Finals right from the first whistle of the game, forcing Chinese Taipei to rely mostly on rare counter-attacks.

The always-threatening Pak Nam-chol supplied most of the ammunition for DPR Korea when his cross on the 22nd minute was taken down and then quickly-fired by Choe Myong-ho. The shot was deflected from the intended target and turned into a corner kick.

The Koreans took the lead on the 27th minute when a defense-splitting pass sent An Il-bom behind the Chinese Taipei defenders. The DPR Korean forward kept his nerve, slotted the ball past the Chinese Taipei keeper and put his side ahead in the game. DPR Korea leading the game 1-0.

DPR Korea extended their lead on the 34th minute when Pak Song-chol’s long-range missile was deflected off a Chinese Taipei player and ricocheted into the net, putting his side further ahead with a 2-0 lead.

The Koreans made it 3-0 on the 42nd minute when Ri Kwang-hyok connected with a centering pass and headed home the ball. DPR Korea was very much in control with the game.

DPR Korea continued to show their desire for the next goal. On the 48th minute, Jon Kwang-Ik majestically danced through two Chinese Taipei defenders and sent in a dangerous ball into the Chinese Taipei danger area. Only the Chinese Taipei goal post managed to deny Jong Il-gwan’s ensuing shot as the game remained 3-0.

The Koreans got their 4th goal on the 65th minute when Jon Kwang-Ik whipped in a cross that found the unstoppable Pak Nam-chol. Pak wasted no time in controlling the ball and simply fired an acrobatic shot that went straight into the Chinese Taipei net.

DPR Korea got their next goal shortly afterwards when An Il-bom provided a carving pass that was converted by Ri Myong-jun. The Koreans was enjoying a 5-0 lead.

Chinese Taipei showed off some tremendous fighting spirit and never gave up. They were finally rewarded on the 79th minute when striker Chen Hao-wei shook off several Korean defenders with a change of pace and fired a low shot that sneaked past the DPR Korea goalkeeper, pulling one goal back for Chinese Taipei.

Ri Myong-jun added one more goal in the closing minutes for DPR Korea and the score remained 6-1 for the rest of the game, with DPR Korea dishing out a convincing victory to Chinese Taipei.

East Asian Cup: Taipei – RPDC 1-6

Si parte subito con il piede giusto nelle qualificazioni per la Coppa Est-Asiatica 2013. Contro Taipei Cinese (Taiwan) è 6-1, grazie alle reti di An Il-Bom (28′), Pak Song-Chol (34′), Ri Kwang-Hyok (42′), Pak Nam-Chol (65′) e Ri Myong-Jun (67′ e 89′). Per i taiwanesi rete di Chen Hao-Wei (79′).

Nell’altra sfida Hong Kong ha superato per 2-1 l’Isola di Guam, cenerentola del girone.

Fra due giorni si torna in campo nella sfida, tutt’altro che complicata, contro Guam, mentre Hong Kong misurerà l’esordiente Australia, risultato che interesserà direttamente i coreani.

Ricordiamo che per la fase finale si qualifica solo la prima classificata.