Soccer City shook to the deafening blast of 100,000 vuvuzelas celebrating the most unexpected of finals. Grey-suited dignitaries mumbled grandiose rhetoric about sport’s unique power for reconciliation. The teams stood for the anthems of the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
Of course, as is the nature of such things, the match was a cagey and defensive affair. Deadlock was broken in the 86th minute when Park Ji-Sung was brought down in the North Korean penalty area. The captain took responsibility and hammered the ball into the net.
Minutes later Taepodong soared into the upper atmosphere.