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World Cup Qualifiers: South Korea to battle North Korea



South Korea will host North Korea for a series of World Cup and Asian Cup qualifiers later this year, the Asian Football Confederation confirmed on  Friday.

South Korea, who reached the 2002 World Cup semi-finals on home soil, are one of eight countries hosting their respective Asian qualifying groups, in a new format intended to reduce coronavirus risks.

China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Japan are among the other hosts for the postponed games, which will be played from May 31 to June 15.

In October 2019, the two Koreas drew 0-0 in the North Korean capital Pyongyang in a pre-Covid World Cup qualifier where fans and foreign media were barred and there was no live TV broadcast.

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It was the first competitive game between the Korean men’s teams hosted by the North. In their last World Cup qualifier in South Korea, the home side won 1-0 in Seoul in 2009.

The 2022 World Cup will take place in Qatar from November 21 to December 18 next year, while the next Asian Cup is in China from June 16 to July 16, 2023.







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