Full-time - 90'
2 - 1
18:30 +00:00, June 15, 2010
Ellis Park, Johannesburg, South Africa
Referee: Viktor Kassai
For the full details of tonight's game, you can read our match report here. Thanks for following the game with Soccernet and be sure to stick around for all the post-match reaction.
As for Brazil, you feel their best is yet to come. Kaka is far from peak condition and when he hits his stride, they should be a more cohesive unit. Brazilian fans may have been hoping for a hammering, but a narrow win it is.
So what have we learned about the mysterious North Korea? They have a fine attacking outlet in Jong, two ambitious full backs in Cha and goalscorer Ji and real spirit in the team. After all the dross we have seen at the World Cup so far, they are a more than worthy addition. Bravo.
Maicon and Elano scored two fine goals but the real story is that strike by Ji. No one gave North Korea a hope, but they came within one goal of Brazil. As coach Kim hoped, they did their country proud.
Into injury time. Whatever happens now, the name Ji Yun-nam will go down in history in North Korea. It's a great story.
Now Jong looks full of confidence and blasts a shot over from 25 yards. What a scoreline this is though, despite the fact Brazil are winning.
GOAL! Ji Yun-nam gets a goal that North Korea deserve thanks to their efforts in the first half. He collects a lovely headed knockdown from Jong Tae-se, bursts into the box and beats Cesar with a fizzing effort. Brilliant.
YELLOW CARD: Ramires goes into the book.
Julio Cesar looks unconvincing from the corner as his punch flies off at a 90 degree angle, but North Korea cannot capitalise.
Jong looks ready to maintain his pledge of scoring a goal a game when running onto a ball over the top, but Juan produces a very good tackle to deny the striker.
Robinho collects a loose ball on the edge of the box and squares for Nilmar, who controls the pass and pokes a volley directly at Ri.
SUB: Brazil make their final change as Ramires replaces Melo, who has done a decent if unspectacular job.
Lucio again wanders forward, he must be bored at the back, but cannot get a clean shot away.
Elano scored Brazil's second goal
Cha Jong-hyok delivers a cross from the right but Julio Cesar, who has had precious little to do, is off his line to claim.
Felipe Melo joins the procession of players taking shots from long range and finds the gloves of Ri.
SUB: Kim Kum-il replaces Mun In-guk for North Korea.
Nilmar forces Ri into another save. The North Korean 'keeper was at fault for the Maicon goal but has done okay otherwise.
Lucio marauds forward from the back to take up a position up front, but no one thinks to dink the ball into the tall defender.
SUB: Kaka, who has played far below his potential tonight, is replaced by Nilmar.
Robinho has played very well, which may confuse Manchester City fans who remember the first half of last season, and he attempts another shot from range that bends the wrong way and flies wide.
Brazil are heading to the top of Group G. Ivory Coast and Portugal drew 0-0 earlier today and Dunga's side have taken advantage.
Comment from John Brewin in Johannesburg: My Korean friends are beginning to tire. Two Manchester City rebels cut them apart there. Jong Tae Se meanwhile has looked especially tired. A long and lonely shift for him.
Brazil may not have been at their dazzling best, but they have still produced the two best goals of the tournament so far. Dunga may favour discpline and application, but those Brazilian boots still contain magic.
Now Robinho, full of confidence, plays in Kaka whose shot tests Ri in the North Korea goal.
SUB: Elano is straight off though, to be replaced by Dani Alves.
GOAL! A sumptuous goal from Brazil. Robinho plays the perfect through-ball to find Elano, who finishes cooly into the far corner. Brilliant combination from the former Santos team-mates.
Maicon celebrates his super goal
Cha Jong-hyok catches Gilberto Silva with a loose challenge and the 2002 World Cup winner is in some pain. He is fine to continue though.
Pak Chol-jin returns to the pitch, even though North Korea were readying his replacement.
Pak Chol-jin clatters into Kaka in an aerial challenge but appears to suffer from cramp as he lands. That isn't encouraging.
Ji Yun-nam has clearly been watching Elano closely as he tries a ridiculous effort from long range that slides wide. North Korea look a bit ragged now.
ESPN Stats & Info: So far in the tournament, defenders have outscored forwards 7-6. (Midfielders have the 8 remaining goals.)
Luis Fabiano takes the ball on his chest from a Robinho pass, jinks past Ri Jun-il but makes a mess of the finish when firing over the bar from ten yards out.
Pak Choi-jin fouls Robinho in rudimentary fashion and Brazil have a free-kick. Elano's deft effort to the back post backfires when Juan fails to keep the ball in.
Bastos displays brilliant technique when bursting down the left and digging out a cross, but the ball had just crossed the touchline.
Now left-back Michel Bastos looks to get in on the act and the movement on his vicious effort forces Ri to punch clear.
Let's just reflect on that Maicon goal again. He also scored against Barcelona in the Champions League and bagged an audacious juggle-and-volley against Juventus in Serie A. What a season the Inter Treble-winner has had.
So how do North Korea respond now? They are set up largely to defend but will need to take the initiative somehow.
Comment from John Brewin in Johannesburg: An odd goal in an odd game. Reminded me of Nelinho's goal in 1978.
That was Roberto Carlos-esque. He was almost at the touchline. Carlos once scored one like that for Real Madrid, though from further out and on the volley. Brilliant, though Dale Johnson at Soccernet towers is adamant it was a cross. Not so sure myself.
GOAL! Elano played in Maicon down the right and the right back produces a stunning effort that flies inside the near post from the tightest of angles. Ri did not expect the shot at all.
North Korea have now joy from the corner though.
Jong Tae-se plays a delightful ball out wide to Pak Nam-choi and although Hon Yon-jo is screaming for the pull-back in space, Pak carries the ball forward and wins a corner.
The chances continue to come as Robinho lashes one wide from 20 yards. But Brazil have been reduced to long-range efforts, which is a marker of how well North Korea are playing.
Elano is handed the task of delivering a corner but Ri races off his line to punch clear. That was decisive goalkeeping.
Michel Bastos takes the free kick and strikes it cleanly, but his effort flies a metre wide. Has there been one decent free kick at this World Cup? Maybe Gourcuff against Uruguay, but that was accidental.
Ri Kwang-chon continues to impress as he blocks an effort from Robinho. But Kaka wins a free kick on the edge of the box and this is a good chance.
Elano, again, lefts fly from range and, again, his shot is blocked. That is a sure sign of a lack of imagination. Not good enough.
Maicon chips in a superb pass to Luis Fabiano but the striker misjudges the bounce of the ball and cannot control. That was a great chance for Brazil.
Elano finds space with a clever dummy but attempts a shot from 25 yards that smacks a North Korean shirt and bounces clear.
We are back underway in Johannesburg, what do Brazil have in store for us?
It is somewhat unfortunate that in the half-time break, Nike's Write the Future advert is getting a screening. Ronaldinho features heavily in it of course, but he did not make Dunga's squad for the finals - a decision that caused some consternation in Brazil.
Will Jong Tae-se emerge as this generation's Pak Do-ik? He was the hero when North Korea endeared themselves to the world by beating Italy in 1966.
North Korean fans cheer their side on.
I'm not suggesting that this is having any bearing on the game, but it is interesting that Brazil have the oldest team in the tournament - with an average over 29. North Korea have the second youngest with an average of 25 years and four months.
Aside from Jong Tae-se, right back Cha Jon-hyok and defender Ri Kwang-chon have also produced sterling performances for the unfancied North Koreans.
Incidentally, this is the brilliant excuse that coach Kim produced to explain that whole debacle: "He (Kim Myong-won) was a striker and now he's registered as a goalkeeper. He is really a goalkeeper but he's really fast, so we switched him to a striker. But this World Cup, he said he wanted to be a goalkeeper again." Amazing stuff.
As for North Korea, it has been a fantastic performance, and this from a country that tried to register a striker as a goalkeeper, rendering him useless for the tournament. Jong Tae-se has caught the eye - a really sparky player.
Brazil have won the World Cup in Europe, South America, North America and Asia. If they are to add Africa to that list, they will need to improve.
Comment from John Brewin in Johannesburg: The North Korean fans are celebrating as if they had won. But that would be to patronise them. Much deserved scoreline for them. Brazil have had much of the ball and would say they are being patient yet they are repeatedly hitting a brick wall of defenders.
Surely Brazil will find a way through in the second half? Kaka needs to pick his act up though, he has struggled to impose himself on the game in any meaningful way.
ESPN Stats & Info: Brazil have only seven 0-0 draws in 92 previous World Cup finals matches.
Comment from Dale Johnson: We've seen a few games 0-0 at half-time, with the so-called bigger nation scoring straight after the restart. It may well happen again. But probably not.
Well, well, well. Remarkable stuff. I promise you this isn't being filtered through censorious North Korean internet servers; they really are holding Brazil to a goalless draw. Who would have thought it?
Michel Bastos, from left back, gets ahead of Cha Jon-hyok but his cross again lacks accuracy. I don't know whether it is the dreaded Jabulani, but crosses and set pieces have been desperately poor in this World Cup.
How can a country that do not rate Daniel Alves as a first-choice right back not beat North Korea? Incredible. Brazil have to improve after the break.
A corner from Elano finds Luis Fabiano but the ball is just too high for the striker and he can only accidentally divert it away from goal.
Robinho is going through his repertoire of tricks, but to little real effect. We have three minutes to go before the most surprising half-time score of the World Cup so far.
Comment from John Brewin in Johannesburg: Reduced to long shots already? This is not going to plan for the Brazilians.
Kaka snakes into the North Korea box but Ri Jun-il produces a good interception to cut out the cross. The ball squirms out to Melo who blasts his shot high into the Johannesburg air.
People will highlight North Korea's defensive tendencies but they have shown a real inclination to attack on the break. Excellent stuff from Kim Jong-hun's men.
Michel Bastos prepares to take a throw-in
How has it come to this? Even Brazil against North Korea is devoid of goals. Fingers crossed Spain can inject a bit of style into this World Cup, it certainly needs it right now.
Jong almost obliges as he releases Hong Yong-jo, but his team-mate runs out of ideas as yellow shirts swarm around him. Excellent again from Jong though, who has really impressed. The Asian Wayne Rooney indeed.
Comment from Dale Johnson: I am beginning to forget what a goal is. A chance alone would be a bonus.
Ri Kwan-chon produces a superb header to prevent Luis Fabiano getting on the end of a cross.
Comment from John Brewin in Johannesburg: It has to be said that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea have rather impressed me. All neat on the ball and tough in the tackle.
Robinho, still indulging in those stepovers, produces a superb bit of skill as he drags the ball back twice and spins. He plays the ball square to Michel Bastos who sees a shot deflected by Pak Choi-jin.
Brazil have defended well but their efforts in the final third leave a bit to be desired. That being said, they are facing a red wall of resistance.
Hong Yong-jo takes the corner and although the first delivery is poor, North Korea retain possesson and feed the ball back to Ri Kwang-chon who drills a shot across goal and wide.
Jong surges into the box but Lucio stretches out one of his long legs and knocks the ball behind for a corner.
If this carries on, there will be no need for North Korean state TV to censor the highlights. This has been a fine display from a team that few knew anything about prior to tonight.
Felipe Melo halts a North Korean break with a strong tackle. He was named the worst player in Serie A last season, but remains an integral member of this Brazil side alongside Gilberto Silva.
Worrying scenes for North Korea as Jong Tae-se goes down in some pain following a collision with Maicon. He is okay to continue though.
ESPN Stats & Info: Brazil have kept seven clean sheets in their last 11 World Cup games.
Brazil win a corner when Maicon forces Ri into a save at his near post. Dunga's side cannot take advantage of the set-piece though.
I had high hopes for this game, but so far it is another poor half in what has been a disappointing tournament. Germany and, to some extent, Argentina aside, there has been little to admire.
North Korea break and Jong Tae-se glides past Juan, but his cross has too much on it. Jong looks a player, although he has promised to score a goal a game at the World Cup, which is probably wishful thinking.
Again the Brazil move breaks down when Kaka fails to return the ball to Luis Fabiano. Kaka was unfit coming into the competition, perhaps we won't see the best of the playmaker in South Africa.
Brazil really are struggling to string their passes together and this performance will not be going down well in their notoriously demanding homeland. Brazilian fans weren't even that impressed by the victorious team of 1994 after all.
Luis Fabiano slips a neat ball into Robinho and after a quick spin and shot, the forward sees his effort saved by Ri. That was too close to the goalkeeper.
Maicon swings in a cross from the right and for a split-second it looks like it might dip under the bar, but Ri sees it over.
Stat Attack: North Korea are the only Asian nation to have scored three goals in a World Cup match.
It has been a very encouraging five minutes for North Korea and any hopes of a goalfest appear likely to be dashed at present. Especially with the Noreans empoying a flat back five.
Now Cha Jong-hyok, surging down the right, fires one off target. Kim ong-il must have got on the invisible mobile and asked for more attacking impetus.
Ambitious stuff from Mun In-guk as he jinks past his marker and tries a shot from 20 yards or so that hits a Brazilian body.
Comment from John Brewin in Johannesburg: I just Jong Tae-se I love you: the Korean striker showed neat touches in creating chances. He's the only outlet for what at appears to be a six-man defence.
Robinho is bringing out the stepovers, as he loves to do, but Brazil are just lacking a bit of cutting edge at the moment.
The ball drops to Brazil midfielder Elano in the box and he stabs a hopeful shot at goal that Ri deals with easily.
The first shot on target comes from... North Korea. Jong Tae-se it is who tests Julio Cesar down at his near post with a low effort. He scored from a similar position against Greece in a warm-up.
Comment from Dale Johnson in the Soccernet office: Nice jogging bottoms on North Korea keeper Ri Myong-guk, you don't often see that at the World Cup.
Felipe Melo produces a neat dummy in the centre of the pitch to allow a pass from Maicon to drift into the path of Michel Bastos, but the Lyon's star's shot dribbles wide of the post.
Kaka spreads the ball wide to Maicon but the full backs cross is headed clear by Pak Choi-jin.
Now Robinho, on the opposite flank to Elano, fires one in from 20 yards. Again he fails to find the target but Brazil have upped the tempo.
Elano drifts in from the right and takes aim with his left foot, but his effort flies high and wide. He is capable from range though.
Cha Jong-hyok again raids down the right and swings in a cross that forces Brazil to clear. North Korea are far from overwhelmed here, which is good to see.
North Korea have a reputation for being overly defensive but they are hardly chucking 11 men behind the ball when Brazil are in possession. If they adopt a positive attitude, we could have a decent night on our hands.
There are suggestions of course that North Korea have employed 1,000 Chinese nationals to act as cheerleaders for the side, as so many of the North Korean natives cannot leave the country. Bizarre.
Comment from John Brewin in Johannesburg: I am sat next to fifty or so Korean fans. They cheer randomly and use some type of castanets to encourage their team.
Kaka and Robinho are the two most likely to indulge in a bit of fantasy football tonight and they link up well before the Real Madrid man is dispossessed in the box.
A Big Phil lookalike with a World Cup replica
There is little early excitement although Cha Jon-hyok does make inroads down the right for North Korea.
We need something to give this tournament some spark, surely Brazil, with their legacy of excellence, can do just that.
We are now just minutes away from kick-off. Can North Korea produce an upset to rival that of 1966? Probably not, let's just hope for some bloomin' goals.
Jong is one of three players who ply their trade outside North Korea. he and An Young-hak play in Japan, while playmaker Hong Yong-jo represents FC Rostov in Russia, and is a bit of a talent.
Jong Tae-se is the star man for North Korea. He scored two fine goals in a warm-up game against Greece, has been dubbed the "Asian Wayne Rooney" (though he prefers Drogba), and has 16 goals in 24 caps. The number nine starts as a lone striker.
Just a quick stat to underline the size of the task facing North Korea tonight: Brazil have won all 15 World Cup C games against sides outside Europe and South America, with 13 clean sheets. Asian teams have never beaten a South American team in the World Cup. (Lost 9, Drew 2)
The teams have emerged from the tunnel and it is worth pointing out that the temperature could plunge to as low as minus four tonight. That will not suit Brazil at all, and certainly not Manchester City 'striker' Robinho.
That's right, invisible mobile phones. Let's just hope the reception holds up in Johannesburg tonight.
The following is pasted directly from Soccernet's coach profile of Kim Jong-hun: "It has been suggested that North Korea leader Kim Jong-il gave the coach advice on how to reach the World Cup. Kim Jong-Su, the general secretary of the North Korean FA, has said the Dear Leader gave 'in-depth guidance' on how to develop the game in the country and the coach himself has claimed he received regular tactical advice during matches, apparently using mobile phones that are not visible to the naked eye."
North Korea's aim this time is simply to "bring great happiness to our Dear Leader (Kim Jong-il)", according to coach Kim Jong-hun. In fact, the Dear Leader played his own part in qualification.
Brazil have of course won the World Cup a record five times. In contrast, North Korea are at the finals for the first time since 1966, when they shocked the watching world when beating Italy to reach the quarter-finals, thanks to a goal from Pak Do-ik. They went 3-0 up against Portugal but Eusebio scored four to knock them out. 1966 was the last time Brazil failed to reach the knockout stages.
Flair and unpredictability come in the shape of Kaka and Robinho, while endeavour is represented by adventurous full-backs Michel Bastos and Maicon - one of three Inter Treble winners at the back. But this is not a Brazil side that will dazzle like the vintage of 1970.
For an in-depth view on Dunga's Brazil, check out Ernesto Garrido's comprehensive feature, but the abridged version is this: The 1994 World Cup winner favours industry over flamboyance, with Gilberto Silva and Felipe Melo both shielding the defence.
It is a game of contrasts, of that there is no doubt. But as well as the unknown quantity that is North Korea, Brazil are also ready to challenge our received wisdom. The home of Joga Bonito? Not on recent evidence.
It also pitches the side placed first in the FIFA rankings against the country who, at 105th, are the lowest ranked in the World Cup finals. Make no mistake, if Brazil do not rattle in a few tonight, it will be the biggest shock of the tournament so far.
After Ivory Coast and Portugal played out a boring 0-0 draw (a recurring theme of these finals) Group G continues in Johannesburg where the country most closely associated with the World Cup takes on the most mysterious.
Well, this could be the most fascinating game at the World Cup so far. Although, in all honesty, that would not be terribly difficult, would it? A couple of goals and a decent free kick would be enough.
Join us at 1830 GMT for live coverage from one of the potentially most interesting games at the World Cup.
Before the game, make sure you head over and read Matthias Krug's excellent insight into North Korea - as they target a shock against the Samba stars.
Kim Jong-Hun is plotting Brazil's downfall.