South Korea downs North Korea for soccer gold


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INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — In a game between fierce rivals and amid heightened security, South Korea defeated North Korea 1-0 in extra time Thursday to win the men's soccer gold medal at the Asian Games.

North Korea coach Yun Jong Su blamed the officials for the loss, saying the referees were "not working in fair-play mode."

The lone goal was scored by Rim Chang-woo, who gathered a loose ball after a goalmouth scramble and beat North Korea goalkeeper Ri Myong-guk at Munhak Stadium.

Security had been substantially increased because of tensions stemming from the Korean War that ended in an armistice rather than a peace treaty.

Still, South Korean fans applauded the North's efforts and a contingent of North Korean athletes in matching track suits stood and waved their national flags throughout the game.

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