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N Korea jolt Japan in WC qualifier

North Korea beat Japan 1-0 in a tempestuous World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, the result largely academic with the visiting Blue Samurai already through to the final qualifying round for 2014.

sports Updated: Nov 16, 2011 01:59 IST

North Korea beat Japan 1-0 in a tempestuous World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, the result largely academic with the visiting Blue Samurai already through to the final qualifying round for 2014.


Pak Nam-chol headed the winner in the 50th minute, and the final whistle sparked wild celebrations at Pyongyang's Kim Il-sung stadium despite the fact North Korea had already been eliminated.

"We didn't do anything right for 90 minutes," Japan defender Yasuyuki Konno said. "They dominated. We were pathetic."http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/HTEditImages/Images/16-11-11-metro23.jpg

Australia advance
Bangkok: Brett Holman headed home a late winner to send Australia into the next round of Asia's World Cup qualifying on Tuesday, snatching a 1-0 victory that put Thailand on the verge of missing Brazil.

Holman popped up unmarked in the area in the 76th minute and nodded home a Brett Emerton cross from five metres to see off a Thai side that battled to stay in the competition but paid a heavy price for missed chances. Australia struggled in the heat but ended up winners of Group D with one match left to play.

China's hopes alive
Singapore: Jose Antonio Camacho's China kept alive their flickering hopes of reaching Brazil with a thumping 4-0 win over Singapore. Yu Hai broke the deadlock in the 41st minute before Li Weifeng struck in the second half and Zheng Zheng added a late double, even after China went a man down for a straight red card.