With DPR Korea’s win against Tajikistan on Monday night, the Blue Tigers’ chances of qualifying for the final are officially over.

Ri Jin’s 33rd minute strike was enough for DPR Korea to keep their hopes alive to qualify for the final of the Hero Intercontinental Cup on Monday night. However, the result also means that Tajikistan have qualified for the showpiece with the men from Pyongyang in contention to follow.

Speaking to the media after the game Tajikistan coach Usmon Toshev was really happy to qualify for the final of the tournament as he shared his feelings, “The tournament was for the preparation for World Cup Qualifiers and we had a really good practice and today’s match was a high-voltage game and we would like to thank DPR Korea for providing a stiff competition.”

Toshev was asked about how did the team prepare against a team like DPR Korea who remain relatively unknown opposition to which he replied by saying, “We watch their videos and see how they play and we found out they play more long balls and through balls. We think we played really well, although, the scoreline suggests otherwise.”

The 53-year-old also suggested that Tajikistan don’t fear any team and are ready to face any side in the final.

DPR Korea head coach, Yun Jong-su looked a happy man as his side clinched all three points against the table-toppers. The 57-year-old tactician wished India to win against Syria on Tuesday as he quipped, “Tomorrow, we want India to win because that gives us the chance to qualify for the final.”

When asked about the reason for his side’s untiring stamina and whether they follow any drill to keep up the same, the coach revealed before signing off, “We don’t really follow any drill. I think it comes naturally to the players.”