|April 29th, 2008|
|8||Round-Robin||3:00pm||KOR - ITA||5 - 0 (1 - 0)||Final|
Korea did not waste any time to stake their claim on the match, scoring in the first minute of play when Jong Eun KIM pushed in goal a rebound from the initial shot by Jin Kyoung KIM. Italy regrouped well and effectively absorbed the Korean pressure for a while, before mounting some dangerous attacks of their own. They had two good chances on a penalty-corner, well saved by veteran goal-keeper Ju Young LIM, then on a strong shot by Francesca FAUSTINI after a fast penetrating run.
The game became well balanced, flowing back and forth and keeping the crowd well entertained. The Italians defenders were matching the speed of the Koreans forwards and spoiling numerous of their chances before they reached the circle, with an inspired Paula CALVO in goal to clean-up the loose ends in deep defense.
The one goal difference obviously did not satisfy the Koreans and Mi Hyun PARK was prompt to increase the lead early in the second period with a great shot high and out of reach of the keeper. Mi Hyun PARK doubled her tally a few minutes later to conclude a superb Korean movement that found Jong Eun KIM deep behind the Italian defense. With the score slipping away and fatigue showing up, the Italian defense became stretched and Korea scored two more goals to earn their third win of the competition.
Italy can nevertheless be satisfied of their performance today and showed that their encounter with Ireland on Saturday will be a fierce battle for a spot in the Final.