Civil servants play football matches at Kim Il Sung Stadium, May Day Stadium, Sosan Football Stadium and elsewhere in Pyongyang.
A scene from the football match between the Ministry of Electric Power Industry and the Ministry of Food and Consumer Goods Industries.
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The competition drawing over 100 teams is played in eight rounds on the knockout basis.
At present, 32 winners of the 38 preliminary leg matches are playing in the second round.
On November 29 there was a match between the Ministry of Food and Consumer Goods Industries and the Ministry of Electric Power Industry teams, both placed 39th and 40th in the team rankings.
The winner of this match will advance to the round of 16.
It began with the kickoff of the Ministry of Electric Power Industry and grew fiercer as time passed.
The Ministry of Electric Power Industry team tried to seize control in the midfield and score with headers from long-distance pass by taking advantage of tall players, whereas the Ministry of Food and Consumer Goods Industries sought chances of fast breaks on the basis of its fast transition from defence to attack.
The former maintained dominance in the midfield and raised attack speed, securing several chances of scoring but they failed to lead to goal-in. The latter also missed several chances. The game ended in a scoreless draw, so it was decided by a penalty shoot-out.
The penalty shoot-out began with the first kick of the Ministry of Food and Consumer Goods Industries. It again ended in a 3-3 tie, and the sixth players of both teams also failed.
Unfortunately, the seventh player of the Ministry of Food and Consumer Goods Industries failed, to be defeated by the Ministry of Electric Power Industry team 3-4.
By Han Ryo Gyong PT