India vs North Korea Football, Intercontinental Cup 2019 Highlights: India had made nine changes to their starting XI in their second match of the Hero Intercontinental Cup 2019 vs North Korea at Ahmedabad in Gujarat on Saturday evening. Skipper Jong Gwan scored the first goal of the match from a free kick in the 8th minute to give DPR Korea the lead. Sim Jin got their second goal in the 16th minute to silence the stadium. In the 29th minute, Jong Gwan headed in a cross to make it 3-0 to the visitors. India started the second half brightly, with substitute Lallianzuala Chhangte scoring in the 50th minute. India ramped up their attacks after the first goal, but the Korean side scored against the run of play in the 63rd minute through Ri Chol to go 4-1 up. Sunil Chhetri got his feet to a cross in the 71st minute to make the score 4-2. Another goal against the run of play in injury time made the score 5-2 in the visitors’ favour.
India, Tajikistan, Syria and DPR Korea are the four teams playing this tournament. Syria are the highest ranked side, sitting 85th in the FIFA World Rankings, while India are 101st. The Tajiks are ranked 120th in the world while the North Koreans are ranked 122nd. The tournament will see all four teams facing each other in a round robin format before the top two teams taking on each other in a final to decide the winners of the second edition. The final is slated to be held on July 19.
India starting XI: Amrinder Singh; Pritam Kotal, Sandesh Jhingan, Subhasish Bose, Jerry Lalrinzuala; Amarjit Singh Kiyam, Brandon Fernandes, Rowllin Borges; Manvir Singh, Jobby Justin; Sunil Chhetri
North Korea XI: Antae Song, Kim Chol Bom, Ri Yong Chol, Han Thae Hyok, Jang Kuk Chol; Jong Il Gwan, Ri Un Il, Sim Hyon Jin, Hong Jin Song; Ri Un Chol, Ri Hyong Jin