China’s Sun Ke scored a brace to help them to a 2-1 victory over DPR Korea in their Asian Cup match up at a sold out Canberra.
China wasted no time opening the scoring, with a Sun scoring just one minute into play, after getting on the end of a badly defended long ball and slamming it past Myong-Guk.
The DPR Korea side managed to put together some decent spells of possession towards the end of the first half, but were unable to make anything of it.
Three minutes before the end of regulation time in the first half, Ke added a second goal as he get on the end of a pinpoint cross and made no mistakes finding the back of the net.
DPR Korea got on the scoresheet in the 56th minute thanks to an unfortunate Gao Lin own goal; taking the score to 2-1.
North Korea went desperately close to snatching a draw as Pak headed over the bar from close range and substitute So Hyonuk’s shot rattled the crossbar, but they were ultimately condemned to a first pointless Asian Cup campaign.
China continued to dominate and they head into the quarter-finals one of the strongest teams in the tournament. DPR Korea may be heading home, but they game a brave showing in spite of the fact that they were universally unfancied heading into the tournament.
China will face Australia in their quarter-final in Brisbane.