North Korea lose at the Under 23 Asian Cup

At the Buriram Stadium in front of just 305 fans, North Korea kicked off their Under 23 Asian Cup campaign. It was not to be a positive start too as they went down 2-1 to an encouraging Jordan side. 

Jordan takes the three points 

The win for Jordan means that the side sits top of Group D with the North Koreans at the bottom with two matches to turn it around. This came after Vietnam and the UAE played out a goalless draw in the other match in the group.

North Korea had chances in the match though and could have been ahead before a Mohammad Bani Atieh penalty kick on the stroke of half time put Jordan into a halftime lead.

Ri Chung-gyu then had the best chance early on as his strike from distance was well saved. The second that put the game out of reach came from the midfielder Omar Hani, who is currently playing for Cypriot side APOEL.

Despite the two-goal cushion for Jordan, North Korea did not give up and kept fighting to get back into the match. That goal to get back in the game though came far too late as Ryang Hyon-Ju scored the 91st-minute consolation.

Group B 

Team MP W D L F A GD Pts
Jordan U23 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3
Vietnam U23 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
UAE U23 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
North Korea U23 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0

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