A South Korea Football Association official said his country’s World Cup qualifier against neighbors North Korea this week was “like war” after the two sides battled out a goalless draw in Pyongyang. The two teams met in the North Korean capital in an empty stadium in a match that was not broadcast after the host nation refused to screen the match live. And, according to key South Korean figures involved in the fixture, the matchup was far from cordial as the two neighboring nations contested an ill-tempered clash. “To be honest, the game was so tough that I think we were very lucky already to be back with no one injured,” said Tottenham Hotspur striker Son Heung-Min once he and his teammates arrived at Incheon Airport on Thursday. “We could even hear many of very offensive curses from the other side.” The vice-president of the South Korean Football Association, Choi Young-Il, accused North Koreas players of strongarm tactics and an overly aggressive approach. “It was like war,” he said. “They would use everything from elbows to hands to knees to fend off our players. It was really difficult. “North Koreans wouldn’t even make eye contact when I talked to them,… Read full this story
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