North Korea Beat Lebanon 2-0 to Start Qualification Campaign in Style

North Korea were able to overcome Lebanon 2-0 to continue their recent form in recent months. This was the first qualification match for the World Cup 2022. North Korea have been placed in a group containing the likes of Turkmenistan, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, and rivals South Korea. This game was a rematch of the meeting between these two teams back in January. The two teams met each other as part of the Asian Cup 2019. Lebanon were able to come away with a comprehensive 4-1 success back then.

Yun Jong-Su, though, has brought in a lot of new ideas to the team since his appointment in July 2019. The national team has been gaining a lot of momentum since then. The team emerged from the Intercontinental Cup 2019 as the champions. This has played a major role in helping them gain confidence for this match against Lebanon. Since North Korea were also playing at the Kim Il Sung Stadium in Pyongyang in front of their own supporters, there was a lot of incentive to perform well. Jong helped the home team take the lead after just seven minutes. Even though Lebanon tried to push for an equaliser in the second half, it was once again North Korea who found the back of the net.

This time around, it was Jong who once again was on the scoresheet. His second goal of the evening put daylight between Lebanon and North Korea. Even though Lebanon managerLiviuCiobotariu tried to modify things with the introduction of Omar Chaaban, the team was unable to find a way back. A number of changes were made by Lebanon towards the end of the game in order to find a way back into the match. However, North Korea held on for a crucial victory that gives them a positive start straightaway.