North Korea have qualified for next summer’s EAFF East Asian Cup following a 0-0 stalemate between Hong Kong and Guam this afternoon at Taipei Municipal Stadium in Taiwan.
The result guaranteed that Yun Jong-Su’s men would finish the group in first place regardless of their result against Taiwan. Hong Kong and Guam trail with four points, while hosts Taiwan will conclude the competition in last place.
North Korea will compete in the final competition for the first time since 2008, when they finished in fourth place.
The 2015 finals, to be played in Wuhan, China between August 2 and 9, will feature the hosts as well as Japan and South Korea.
The same four countries will also contest the East Asian Women’s Cup after South Korea comfortably won the qualifying stage on Tuesday, with a total of 27 goals scored and none allowed over three matches.