North Korea beat hosts and arch-rivals South Korea 2-1 with an injury-time goal Monday to set up a priceless chance for revenge against Japan in the Asian Games women's football final.
Substitute Ho Un-Byol seized on a defensive error to fire in the winning goal just seconds from the end. North Korean tears of joy were matched by the South's cries of desperation.
Japan hammered Vietnam 3-0 in their semi-final.
A bizarrely divided Korean crowd cheered on the two sides as they met for the first time in an Asian Games semi-final.
About 1,000 older supporters of the South Korean hosts were matched by another 1,000 middle-aged members of a cheer squad for North Korea and demanding reunification of the peninsula torn apart since the 1950-53 Korean War.