North Korea made history by becoming the first Asian nation to move past the group stage at the World Cup during the 1966 edition in England. The North Koreans made their mark at the tournament despite the fact that they were making their World Cup debut. North Korea were in Group D alongside Chile, Soviet Union and Italy. They were the only Asian representative at the tournament.

The North Koreans began their maiden World Cup tournament on a bad note after they were thrashed 3-0 by the Soviet Union. Eduard Malofeyev was the star of the show with two goals and one in each half, while AnatoliyBanishevskiy scored the other goal. Malofeyev and Banishevskiy scored within two minutes in the first half with the second Soviet Union goal from the latter coming on 33 minutes. Malofeyev was responsible for the first and last goal of the game with the last one coming two minutes from the final whistle. Continue reading “N/KOREA: 1966 WORLD CUP EXAMINED”