North and South Korea play first men's soccer match on North Korean soil in almost 30 years

    Kang Kuk Chol of North Korea is tackled by Go Yohan of South Korea during a 2017 clash.

    Seoul (CNN)For the first time in almost three decades, North and South Korea's men's football teams faced each other in Pyongyang.

    The FIFA World Cup Qualifier match -- which was held at Kim Il-sung Stadium on Tuesday evening local time -- saw the two national teams draw 0-0.
    It was the first time the sides have played in North Korea since a friendly match in 1990. The last time they met was in Japan in 2017, when South Korea won 1-0 against North Korea as part of the East Asian Cup.
      The match comes amid renewed tensions on the peninsula, which worsened recently after hints last year that the relationship between the two countries could be thawing.
      Although football is incredibly popular in both countries, the draw represents a good result for the North, which entered the match as the underdog. South Korea is ranked 37 in the world -- much higher than North Korea's 113 ranking.
      Players warm up before the match begins on October 15, 2019, at the Kim Il Sung Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea.
      Despite the historic nature of the event, South Korean media and fans were prohibited from attending and the game was not broadcast live. Instead, their only choice was to monitor into FIFA's website for occasional, written updates.
      At a press briefing Monday, a spokesman for the South Korean Unification Ministry, Lee Sang-min, said that officials had attempted to "sound the North out several times" to arrange fan access and broadcasting rights but had not received a response.
      It wasn't just South Korean fans who missed out. Foreign tourists who had traveled to North Korea for the match were also prevented from attending, according to tour groups.
      Rich Beal, a tour manager from Koryo Group, which operates tours to North Korea, said the company's group wasn't at the stadium for the match. They were told they weren't able to attend the game, although they were given no reason. "It is very disappointing