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Intercontinental Cup: North Korea lifts title, beat Tajikistan 1-0 in final

North Korea lifted the second Intercontinental Cup at Ahmedabad, beating Tajikistan with a solitary goal in the second half.

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Ahmedabad Published on: July 19, 2019 22:48 IST
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North Korea lifted the second Intercontinental Cup at Ahmedabad, beating Tajikistan with a solitary goal in the second half.

North Korea triumphed in the second edition of Intercontinental Cup football tournament beating Tajikistan by a solitary goal in the final here Friday.

The Koreans grabbed the lead in the 71st minute through Pak Hyon Il, who found the net just after coming on as a substitute at the EKA Arena by TransStadia.

Both finalists were the two lowest-ranked teams of the four-nation tournament, the other participants being hosts India and Syria.

At half time, it was goalless with North Korea coming closest to scoring in the 20th minute through Jong Il Gwan.

Having pipped hosts India (world no. 101) and Syria (85) in the league stage to seal their places in the final, both Tajikistan (120) and North Korea (122) entered the game on a confident note.

On form North Korea held a slight advantage as they beat Tajikistan 1-0 in the league stages as well.

The champions got richer by USD 50000 while the runners-up received USD 25000.

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