North Korea football side beat Middlesbrough team

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Middlesbrough Ladies football team lost their first match in their high-profile North Korea trip, state media said.

The team left last week for the four-day trip to one of the world's most secretive societies.

On Sunday, they were beaten 6-2 by North Korean women's team April 25, the Korean Central News Agency said.

The visit is the latest event in a relationship which stretches back to the 1966 World Cup when the North Korea team played in Middlesbrough.

The Middlesbrough team arrived in the capital Pyongyang on Saturday.

During their visit they are playing two matches, holding children's coaching sessions and meeting surviving members of the 1966 North Korea World Cup squad.

The special relationship has existed since the group stage match at Middlesbrough's former ground Ayresome Park, which was one of the competition's biggest upsets when North Korea beat Italy 1-0.

In October 2002, surviving members of the giant-killing team returned to Teesside for a visit.

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