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Second defeat for Middlesbrough team in North Korea

Middlesbrough Ladies football team with manager Marrie Wieczorek at the front
Image caption The players from Middlesbrough said they knew they are making history

Middlesbrough Ladies football team suffered a second defeat during their ground-breaking tour of North Korea, state media said.

The squad was invited to the secretive country to reinforce a relationship formed at the 1966 World Cup when North Korea played in Middlesbrough.

On Tuesday, Kalmaegi beat the Middlesbrough side 5-0, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

They also lost their first match 6-2 against April 25.

The Middlesbrough team arrived in the capital Pyongyang on Saturday.

As well as the matches, they went to a reception hosted by the British Ambassador Peter Hughes and surviving members of the 1966 World Cup squad, KCNA said.

Speaking to BBC World Service about the experience, team manager Marie Wieczorek said: "It was fantastic.

"The British Ambassador actually said in a speech at a meal at the embassy, that in half an hour we had spoken to and shaken hands with more Koreans than he had in two years."

Ms Wieczorek added that there were hopes from the North Korean ladies teams that the British Embassy and country's Football Federation would allow a team to visit Middlesbrough next year or the year after.

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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