|March 7th, 2010|
|22||Pool A||4:30pm||KOR - CAN||9 - 2 (2 - 0)||Final|
Canada and Korea have only met twice in World Cup history and, oddly, in the same year (1998) when they drew in the round-robin and Korea beat Canada for the 7-8 classification. Here in Delhi, Korea, semi-finalists in the last two World Cups, beat Argentina and tied with Germany, but lost to New Zealand, while Canada have still not collected a point after losing to New Zealand, Germany and The Netherlands.
Korea were quicker in action, but the Canadian defense, with a solid Matthew PECK in goal, was tight and did not leave then an inch in the circle. Canada were only dangerous on counter-attacks and Myung Ho LEE in the Korean goal was called for the first time in action in the 18th minute on a deflection from close range by Connor GRIMES.
Korea had a penalty-corner in the 23rd minute and Hyun Woo NAM’s flick shaved the inside of the post for the first goal. They had another chance soon after but the Canadian defense read well the option and managed to clear. The Canadians could not outrun the speedy Koreans but were successful at progressing with crisp long passes; however they could not arrive close enough to the circle to be dangerous and it is Korea that increased their lead in the final seconds of the period on a penalty-corner that evolved in a penalty-stroke powerfully converted by Jong Hyun JANG.
Korea scored early in second period by Nam Yong LEE with a reverse-stick shot in a close angle; the ball was unfortunately deflected over the keeper by a Canadian defender, hit the far post then went in goal. They then added two quick goals by Sung Hoon YOON and Hyo Sik YOU, splitting through a Canadian defense suddenly looking dangerously porous.
Philip WRIGHT temporarily narrowed the gap in the 42nd minute but Jong Hyun JANG immediately restored the 5-goal gap on another penalty-corner. The game was now completely open and Philip WRIGHT added his second goal of the day in the 51st minute, deflecting a shot by Mark PEARSON. The fit Koreans were running wild all over the field and Hye Sung HYUN earned a penalty-corner at the end of a long run, dutifully converted by Jong Hyun JANG, his third of the game. The Canadian players had a brave final push but could not prevent a last penalty-corner by Hyun Woo NAM for a severe final score of 9-2.
Match Facts (Korea v. Canada):
> Korea beat Canada 9-2 to break the Korean WC record for scoring most goals in a match.
> Korea’s previous highest score in a World Cup match was 7 goals against Belgium (7-2) in 1994.
> Today’s defeat by 7 goals is the biggest defeat for Canada in World Cup history.
> Canada have now conceded at least 6 goals in three successive World Cup matches after losing 6-0 to both Germany and Netherlands.
> Today’s 11-goal match is the second highest scoring match at Delhi 2010, following AUS-RSA 12-0.
> Jang Jong-Hyun scored a hat-trick to become the first Korean player since Song Seung-Tae in 1998 (4-2 vs CAN) to score a hat-trick in a World Cup match.
> Jang Jong-Hyun was Korea’s top goal scorer at the 2006 World Cup scoring 5 goals.
> Lee Nam-Yong has now scored in all 4 matches for Korea at Delhi 2010.
> Philip Wright (CAN) scored twice in this match to become the first Canadian player since Rob Short in 1998 (vs GER 4-4) to score twice in a World Cup match. Wright is now on three goals in total at Delhi 2010.