2 Koreas to Face Off in Men's Football Final

      October 01, 2014 12:40

      The men's football final in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon will be a showdown between the two Koreas. South Korea beat Thailand 2-0 in the semifinal on Tuesday thanks to goals by Lee Jong-ho and Jang Hyun-soo.

      South Korea has not surrendered a single goal in six matches.

      Reaching the final for the first time in 28 years, the South will now battle North Korea for the gold medal at 8 p.m. on Thursday.

      Lee Jong-ho (in white uniform) looks at the ball as he scores the game opener in a semifinal match between Korea and Thailand in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon on Tuesday.

      North Korea beat Iraq 1-0 in the other semifinal on the same day.

      South and North Korea have faced off in three consecutive Asian Games. They are evenly matched in Asian Games with one win, one draw, and one loss.

      In the quarterfinal of the 2006 Asiad in Doha, South Korea beat the North 3-0. North Korea took revenge four years later when it won 1-0 in Guangzhou. This is the first time since 1978 in Bangkok that the two Koreas meet in the final.

      The last time the two sides drew 0-0 to share gold.

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