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Soccer Spotlight:
North Korea 3-0 Over Nigeria In A Game Of Rhythms

Saturday, September 20, 2003

By Boog Williams
SJSports Staff Writer

The crowds started to come in and the sections started to fill in with not just spectators, but also with drums and flags as North Korea and Nigeria faced off in the second game of the Group A FIFA Women’s World Cup at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

Section 133 was where the Green and White faithful, flag waving, fans of Nigeria were cheering and drumming for their team. Section 129 was where the White with Blue map of North Korea, flag waving North Korea faithful beat drums and chanted “Korea is One” all game.

In the 14th minute of the game, Jin Pyol Hui (FIFA Player of the Game) of North Korea scored on a rocket of a shot from the top of the 18 yard box. The quick Korean short-passing game had the Nigerians back-pedaling all game. The Nigerians did have chances to score, but were stopped by Jong Hui Ri. The Half ended 1-0.

In the 77th minute, Jin stole the ball in the offensive end and fed the ball into open space to on-rushing Ri Un Gyong. Ri had no trouble flicking the ball past the helpless goalkeeper Dede. 11 minutes later North Korea scored the final goal of the game, again on a steal by Ho Sun Hui on the edge of the right box. Ho’s shot was stopped by Dede but Jin, going to the net like every player should do on a shot, put the rebound from close range into the back of the net.

Photos by Boog Williams

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