Margao, Sep 26 (IANS) Defending champions North Korea beat Oman 4-2 on penalties after being locked 1-1 in regulation time in an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-16 Championship quarter-final match here on Monday.

They will now face Iran in the semi-finals on Thursday.

Yun Min missed a first-half penalty for the East Asians at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here before Muadh Al Jahdhami gave Oman the lead in the 79th minute.

North Korea captain Kim Pom-hyok headed home the equaliser five minutes later and, with no extra-time at the AFC U-16 level, sent the match to penalties.

With Oman trailing 2-3 in the shootout, Al Jahdhami hit the woodwork to allow Kim to fire his side into the last four with his penalty kick conversion.

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