Just days after leaders of North and South Korea pledged to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons, the two nations have unified in the table tennis hall – rather than compete against each other amid a backdrop of inter-Korean reconciliation.

The two countries – who are technically still at war – were due to meet in the quarter-finals of the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Halmstad, Sweden but decided to instead lay down their bats and shake hands in order to form a unified team.

Incredibly – and perhaps for the first time in sporting competition – the tournament’s organisers agreed the two teams could merge, and they will now face either Japan or Ukraine in the final four on Friday.

Meanwhile, Liverpool reached the Champions League final for the first time since 2007, advancing 7-6 on aggregate despite losing a dramatic second leg to Roma.

A journey that started on August 15 in Germany against Hoffenheim in the play-off round will end on May 26 when Liverpool face 12-time winners Real Madrid in Kiev.

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