World Cup 2026 qualifying: Japan awarded forfeit 3-0 win against North Korea by Fifa

Japan beat North Korea 1-0 in Tokyo earlier in March

Japan have been awarded a 3-0 forfeit win after North Korea called off a 2026 World Cup qualifier due to be held in Pyongyang earlier in March, says Japan’s Football Association.

North Korea requested the match to be held at a neutral venue due to worries over infectious diseases in Japan.

The JFA said it has been informed by Fifa’s disciplinary committee that the match has been forfeited.

The win means Japan go through to the third round of World Cup qualifiers.

“Although the players lost an important opportunity to play, I see this as a positive step forward,” Japan manager Hajime Moriyasu said.

“Naturally, we will not be satisfied with this result, but will continue to build up our strength for the national team activities in June, the final qualifying round, and the World Cup.”

Fifa previously said the match – which should have taken place on Tuesday, 26 March – could not be rescheduled.

Japan beat North Korea 1-0 in Tokyo on 21 March.

SOURCE: BBC Sport   (go to source)
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