first_imgPaulo Bento’s side  had been forced to travel Pyongyang via China and had to leave their phones in Beijing.Only 30 staff members from the South’s football association (KFA) were allowed limited communications to report the game, by sending faxes to government offices in Seoul.Notoriously private North Korean state media have so far made no mention of the World Cup qualifier.2 The first competitive clash between the two countries was played out in an empty stadium in Pyongyang and ended 0-0Credit: AFP SON HEUNG-MIN claims he was lucky to return injury free from international duty after a ‘war-like’ derby against North Korea.South Korea’s star forward only arrived back at Spurs yesterday, so is unlikely to start at home to Watford tomorrow after just one day’s training.2 Son Heung-min claims he was lucky to escape South Korea’s ‘war-like’ derby without injuryCredit: AP:Associated PressThe first competitive clash between the two countries — who are technically still at war — was played out in an empty stadium in Pyongyang and ended 0-0.Son, 27, played 90 minutes in the World Cup qualifier on Tuesday but no foreign media were allowed in and the game was not broadcast live.He said: “The match was very aggressive — it’s a huge achievement just to return safely without being injured.”South Korea’s FA vice-president Young-il Choi added: “It was like war.”They used everything from elbows to hands to knees to fend off our players. It was difficult.”ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneThe clash was the first time the rivals have faced off in the North’s capital, Pyongyang, since 1990 but supporters were limited to online commentary that consisted of only substitutions and bookings.South Korean supporters have since been promised a DVD containing footage of the match before the delegation heads home, according to the country’s unification ministry in charge of inter-Korean affairs.Tottenham boss Pochettino risks fans’ wrath by ruling out January transfer spending spree despite woeful form Most Read in FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himlast_img