Intercontinental Cup 2019: Solitary Pak Hyon Il goal powers North Korea to victory over Tajikistan in final

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

 Intercontinental Cup 2019: Solitary Pak Hyon Il goal powers North Korea to victory over Tajikistan in final

North Korea celebrates Pak Hyon Il's goal against Tajikistan in the final. Twitter@IndianFootball

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 Tajkistan 1-0 in the league stages. And they repeated it in final also to emerge victorious.

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

Updated Date: Jul 19, 2019 22:45:45 IST