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The fans turned silent when the game ended 1-0 for Uzbekistan, the crowd rising to its feet and jostling for the exits.

Though North Korea’s World Cup aspirations may be over for 2014, a different form of retribution may come Tuesday, for there would be no sweeter revenge than a victory over Japan.

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Associated Press writers Foster Klug and John Duerden in Seoul, South Korea, and Mari Yamaguchi in Tokyo contributed to this report.

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