Aymar’s late goal saves point against Korea
Pool B – ARG 2-2 KOR
Despite of being winless against Argentina in four successive Champions Trophy matches Korea went with a lot of enthusiasm into this encounter with the home team. The underdogs could be very confident as they just have beaten the World Champions at Cordoba’s Four Nations Tournament. Korea were the team who created the better chances and kept the Argentine defence busy. Team-captain Lee Seon-Ok converted Korea’s first penalty corner in the 21st minute. This goal against seemed to be a wake up call for Las Leonas who suddenly started attacking. It took them two more minutes until they won their first penalty corner which succeeded. Noel Barrionuevo’s (23’) drag-flick went directly into the net leaving the Korean goalie Moon Younghui no chance. The score was 1-1 at halftime.
The beginning of the second half did not see much action in the circles either until Korea won another penalty corner which went wide. Afterwards the match could have gone either side. Moon had a spectacular save against a penalty corner flick from Barrionuevo before Lee Seon-Ok (67’) took the lead or Korea. Her direct shot at a penalty corner was smashed into Belen Succi’s goal. Argentina were urgent to reclaim pride and gained a penalty corner. Korea used their referral on this decision but their request was denied. After a great variation Argentina’s star Luciana Aymar (69’) scored the equalizing goal much to delight of the home crowd.
Match Review 12. Argentina - Korea 2-2
> Argentina play China and Korea play GB in the Quarterfinals.
> Netherlands take on New Zealand and Germany play Japan.
> Argentina are now unbeaten in 5 successive CT matches against Korea (3 wins and now 2 successive draws).
> Noel Barrionuevo is now joint second on the all-time top scorer list with Nadine Ernsting-Krienke (GER) on 22 goals. Only Maartje Paumen (NED) has scored more 23.
> Luciana Aymar scored her 2nd CT goal vs Korea and her first in 9 years.
> Aymar has now equalled Alejandra Gulla on 19 CT career goals. Only Barrionuevo (22) and Soledad Garcia (20) have scored more for Argentina
> Lee Seon-Ok converted 2 penalty corners for Korea's to score her first ever CT goals.
> Lee Seon-Ok also scored twice against Argentina at the Four Nations tournament in Cordoba, where Korea beat Argentina 5-1.
> Both Argentina and Korea converted 2 of 4 penalty corners awarded in this match.
> Argentina are now on 5 of 15 penalty corners awarded in the tournament (33%).
> Korea converted 3 of 12 penalty corners awarded in the tournament (25%).
> Argentina's Florencia Habif made her CT debut today, at age 18 she is the youngest player at this tournament.
Match Preview 12. Argentina - Korea (January 31st, 8:00pm)
> Argentina are unbeaten in 4 successive CT matches against Korea, having lost only their first CT encounter in 1995 (1-2).
> Argentina went on to win 3 successive CT matches against Korea (1999, 2003 and 2005) only to draw their last encounter in 2011 (1-1).
> The 1995 CT defeat by Korea was Argentina’s only loss in 12 matches against Korea in world level events (OG, WC, CT) 9W-2D-1L.
> In the built up the built up to this CT tournament, Korea beat Argentina 5-1 in the Four Nations tournament in Cordoba. Goals scored by Lee Seon-Ok (2), Park Mi-Hyun (2), Cho Eun-Ji and Noel Barrionuevo.
> Three players from Argentina and three Korean players have been cautioned with green cards so far this tournament.
> All six of Argentina’s goal so far came from 6 different players: Noel Barrionuevo (PC), Martina Cavallero, Sofia Maccari, Delfina Merino (PC), Carla Rebecchi and Josefina Sruoga (PC).
>Argentina converted 3 of 11 penalty corners awarded in the tournament.
> Argentina conceded 1 of 9 penalty corners awarded to their opponents. Germany’s Lisa Hahn scored the only PC goal so far against Argentina
> Noel Barrionuevo is joint 2nd on the all-time top scorer list with Maartje Paumen (NED) and Jack Pereira (AUS) on 21 goals. Only Nadine Ernsting-Krienke (GER) has scored more CT goals (22).
> Argentina are ranked 2nd on the Worlds ranking. In 2011 Las Leonas lost their status as World Number 1 to the Netherlands after losing the 2011 Champions Trophy final in a penalty shoot-out.
> 7-time FIH World Player of the year, Luciana Aymar (34) is the second oldest player to represent Argentina in the Champions Trophy and the oldest since Maria Magdalena Aicega (34) in 2008.
> Korea are winless in 4 successive CT matches (1 draws, 3 defeats) since beating New Zealand 5-3 in the 2011 CT.
> At Rosario 2012 Korea lost 4-2 to Germany and drew 2-2 with New Zealand.
> Korea and Germany have conceded most goals after 2 match days at Rosario 2012 (6).
> At age 19, Cheon Eun-Bi is the youngest goalscorer so far at Rosario 2012. Other Korean goalscorers were Kim Jong-Eun, Kim Jong-Hee and Kim Ok-Ju (PC).
> Korea converted 1 of 8 penalty corners awarded in the tournament (12%).
> Korea conceded 1 of 7 penalty corners awarded to their opponents. In the match against Germany Anke Brockmann scored a PC goal against Korea.
> Korea needs to score 4 goals to reach 100 in CT competition.
> Korea are ranked 8th on the FIH World Ranking.
> Korea finished fourth in last year’s CT, despite only winning one of its six matches at the tournament. It marked their best result in the competition since finishing fourth in 1997.
> In 1989 Korea won the Champions Trophy in Frankfurt am Main. At Mar del Plata in 1995, they claimed silver.
> Korea won the 4 Nations tournament, held in Cordoba prior to the 2012 Champions Trophy. Korea beat Great Britain 3-2 in the final. Argentina finished third, New Zealand fourth.
> Midfielder Kim Da-Rae was selected in the FIH 2011 Women’s All Star team.