Lionesses suffer humbling 7-0 defeat in Asian Games opener against DPR Korea
DPR Korea’s An Myongsong against Singapore’s Irsalina Irwan, September 2023. Credit: Sport Singapore / Jeremy Lee
SINGAPORE, 24 SEPTEMBER 2023 – It was a night to forget for the Singapore Women’s Team, as their debut Asian Games campaign got off to a bleak start with a 7-0 defeat at the hands of Asian women’s football powerhouse, the Democratic People’s Republic of (DPR) Korea.
The Lionesses struggled to find their footing as the tenacious DPR Koreans dominated possession right from the get-go. DPR Korea’s Hong Songok found the net just 26 seconds into the match, only for it to be ruled as offside. However, this did not deter the forward, as in the 11th minute, An Myongsong provided a splendid assist from the right to Songok, who broke the deadlock with a calm finish.
Three minutes later, DPR Korea struck again, as midfielder Ri Hak’s corner found Ri Kumhyang, who headed it past custodian Noor Kusumawati. Head Coach Karim Bencherifa’s charges managed to hold off their relentless opponent