South Korea beats North Korea in final seconds of Asian Games men’s soccer final

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Host South Korea beat North Korea 1-0 in an anticipated men’s soccer final at the Asian Games on Thursday, scoring in the waning moments of the second period of extra time.

Striker Lee Yong-jae kicked the ball toward the net after the 120th minute off a corner kick, but a North Korean defender deliberately hit the ball with his arm to keep it from going in.

Play was not stopped before defender Rim Chang-woo scored off a rebound moments later, though. Here’s video of the finish.

North and South Korea met in the Asian Games men’s soccer final once before, in 1978 in Bangkok. That match ended 0-0 with the nations sharing the gold medal, according to The Associated Press.

South Korea won gold and much more, via the AP:

A gold medal would grant them exemption from mandatory military service, which is largely in place because the two countries are still technically at war.

South Korea won men’s Olympic soccer bronze at London 2012, its first Olympic soccer medal. North Korea has never won a men’s Olympic soccer medal, making its lone appearance in 1976.

North Korea and South Korea’s tensions have long been apparent in the Olympic sports arena.

In September, South Koreans competed at an international sporting event in North Korea for the first time at a weightlifting meet. That came after South Korea rejected a North Korean offer to host some of the 2018 Olympic skiing events. The 2018 Olympics will be in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Previously, North Korea boycotted the Seoul 1988 Olympics, but the nations marched together under one flag at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Opening Ceremonies in Sydney and Athens. North Korea also competed in the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, South Korea.

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