INTRODUCTION: China has come a step closer to playing in the World Cup Soccer finals in Spain next year.
TOP VIEW PAN North Korea, in red, attack in mid-field play against China in yellow at World Cup Qualifying match in Hong Kong. Ball kicked towards goal deflects on Chinese Captain Chi Shangbing, North Korean's right-winger Li Chang Ha gains possession and scores first gaol, players congratulate
LV Scoreboard North Korea 1 China 0
TV Chinese winger kicks ball from goal left to centre where China's substitute Huang Xiangdong kicks on post, ball deflects into goal crowd cheers (2 shots)
LV Scoreboard at half-time 1 - 1
TV China take free kick, North Korean goalkeeper Kim Changgun does not catch ball and Chen Xirong kicks ball into gaol for 2 - 1 lead
TV North Korea attack, kick ball from goalkeeper Li Fusheng looses ball and North Korean defender O Yong Nam heads ball into goal for 2-2 and players congratulate
GV ZOOM OUT Scoreboard at extra time 2-2 TO GV Chinese team relaxing on field
SV Linesman flagging
GV China attacking, ball cleared by header. China's Huang Xiangdong regains possession and kicks into goal, crowd cheering
GV Scoreboard 3-2
GV China attacking and score final goal, scorer Guo Guangming ZOOM IN SV China's players embracing
GV Scoreboard 4-2
TV Players embrace and leave field
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Background: INTRODUCTION: China has come a step closer to playing in the World Cup Soccer finals in Spain next year. On Sunday (4 January) a vigorous Chinese team beat North Korea 4-2 in extra time. China now goes on to the final qualifying round to meet the winner of the other three Asian Zone groups, which still have to be decided. The top two teams will then play in Spain in 1982.
SYNOPSIS: China started the game badly. The North Koreans, in red shirts, threatened the Chinese goal as early as the second minute. China's captain Chi Shangbing caught a fast ball but Korean right-winger Li Chang Ha on a fast turn kicked the ball home for the 1 - nil lead.
The first half was scrappy, but it saw China equalise in the last minute. Substitute Huang Xiangdong crashed the wing-pass on the post from where it deflected across the line. The second half brought two bad blunder by the goalkeepers.
In the first Chen Xirong kicked the ball off Korean Kim Changgun's hands.
Two minutes later China's goalkeeper Li Fusheng presented Korean defender O Yong Nam with an easy header. The score two-all to the end of regular time.
The Chinese used the break to relax on the field. In the end they proved to be the fitter side.
The first fifteen minutes of extra time brought no score, but five minutes from the end, Huang Xiangdong scored a tremendous goal from 25 metres (yards) out. His shot fire straight past the Korean defence and keeper Kim hardly saw the ball.
That brought the score to 3-2 for China, but the team wasn't satisfied yet.
Three minutes from full-time Guo Guanming put North Korea decisively out of the game. His Chinese team-mates were delighted.
With a final score of 4-2, China is now through to the Asian final of the World Cup Qualifying round.