North Korea win the Hero Intercontinental Cup

North Korea has just finished participating in the Hero Intercontinental Cup which is a four-team friendly tournament hosted by the Indian Football Association. As all of the matches take place in the TransStadia Arena, Ahmedabad. Taking part this time round were; India, Syria, North Korea and Tajikistan. 

North Korea put terrible start behind them to lift the pot

North Korea made a terrible start in this competition, seemingly picking up where they left off form wise. A 5-2 hammering at the hands of Syria looked like the Koreans of the North were gonna be humiliated again after an awfully bad showing at the Asian cup.

However, something must have fired the Koreans of the North up because they came out in their second game and obliterated India, they raced into a 3-0 lead at half time, and went on to win the game 5-2. That was unexpected, but it seems to be the case with North Korea, they often seem to hammer someone or get hammered. India definitely were the favourites and this could be put down as an upset.

That meant if North Korea didn't lose to Tajikistan in their last group match, then they would most likely be in the final, as things happened, North Korea beat Tajikistan 1-0 to secure a place in the final, against Tajikistan. That's right, it meant they had a Tajikistan doubleheader, but would that group win play on the minds of the teams involved and give North Korea the mental edge as people claim.

Well, it seems like it did give the country the mental edge, as they again beat Tajikistan 1-0 in the final to lift the pot or the sexy motorbike that they kept showing behind the goal. I'd be happy with the sexy motorbike instead of a tinpot to be fair, more practical.

Have North Korea turned a corner

North Korea seemed headed on a downward spiral right to the bottom of football obscurity. First, a failure to qualify for the final round of the East Asian Championship in South Korea, being replaced by a Gary White inspired Hong Kong.

Then a disastrous Asian Cup, which saw them spanked in nearly every game meant that North Korea's future was looking bleak with the World Cup qualifying matches on the horizon. However, after winning this tournament, does this mean they now have their house in order?

Who can really know, apart from watching North Korean matches when they play away, it is bloody hard to find any information about them at all. In the words of Forrest Gump, they really are like a box of chocolates, you just never know what you're going to get. 

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