Both countries knew they had no chance of reaching the first place, but they showed determination and pride by playing a fierce match. The four-man defense of China PR, led by HE Guan, stopped and countered the fierce attacks by DPR Korea (DPRK). At the 28-minute mark, ZHANG Wenzhao managed to break through from the right side, and his low cross passed both the GK and the DF to reach WEI Shihao, who shot for the opening goal of the game.
DPRK went on attacking but did not manage to score until the 81-minute mark, when JONG Il Gwan’s beautiful free kick made it a 1-1 game. DPRK shifted its center of gravity forward but failed to penetrate China’s defense again, resulting in a 1-1 tie. China PR ended in third place, with DPRK just behind in fourth place.