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01/13/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/14/2018 00:00

AFC U23 Championship Group B: Palestine 1-1 … January 13 2018

Palestine enjoyed an early lead, thanks to Dabbagh's first half effort, but a second half own goal from Mohammed Rashid ensured both sides shared the spoils.

In what was a crucial match for both teams, Palestine began the more spirited, pressing DPR Korea back in their half, and Mahmoud Yousef came close to opening the scoring in the ninth minute when Mohamed Darwish's through pass found him outside the box but he shot straight into the arms of goalkeeper Kang Ju-hyok.

Seven minutes later, Elkayed Mohammed's long range pass to Dabbagh set him up perfectly against Kang, where he made no mistake to give Palestine the lead.

After conceding the goal, DPR Korea played with more vigour, with their best attempt coming in the 34th minute through Ri Un-chol's free-kick which struck the left post.

Quick with their passes, the young Chollima were able to find gaps in the Palestinian backline, and they drew level in the 74th minute when Ri's pass towards Kim Yu-song was diverted into the back of his own net by Rashid.

Palestine meet Thailand, while DPR Korea face Japan in their final round of matches on Tuesday.

Ayman Sandouqa: Palestine head coach

'I think the draw was a bad result, we had so many chances to score another goal and get the three points. We started the game looking to score first, but we lost control over the midfield, and maybe that's why we drew, but we had our own chances as well. We are only looking ahead now.'

Ju Song-il: DPR Korea head coach

'Today's match was really important for us to advance, but the game didn't go as well as expected, which is unfortunate. My team played better than they did in the first game, especially their transition from defence to attack. It was definitely better.'

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