|August 6th, 2012|
|28||Pool A||4:00pm||KOR - BEL||3 - 1 (2 - 0)||Final|
Both Korea and Belgium were already out of semi-final contention and playing for the far less motivating objective of avoiding the wooden spoon in Pool A. The match started on a slow pace and it took a while for the crowd to get something to be excited about. Korea had two penalty-corners in the first ten minutes, but Cheon Seul Ki misfired the first and their option on the second fizzled.
In the 10th minute, Park Mi Hyun progressed on the right of the circle, attracting the Belgian defense. Kim Jong Eun was left unmarked and she had no problem beating from close range Aisling D'Hoogue in the Belgian goal to open the scoring. The Belgian players seemed unhappy about the play and Stephanie de Groof picked up a green card for her arguing.
Korea had most of the ball possession and a few chances on open plays and penalty-corners, but it is only in the 25th minute that Lee Seon Ok increased their lead on another penalty-corner earned after a desperate clearance by the Belgian defenders. Belgium had a few quick counter-attacks, including one by Charlotte de Vos running 50 meters with the ball amid defenders, but they could never really threaten the Korean defensive block.
Belgium were quick off the block when returning from the half-time break and it took them less than two minutes to reduce the gap by Erica Coppey. They earned a penalty-corner soon after but could not make use of it. The crowd however had now something to cheer for and started to loudly encourage the Belgian players in their quest for the equalizer.
Jill Boon had a good chance after beating Korean goal-keeper Jang Soo Ji one-on-one, but could not turn quick enough to adjust her shot on goal, and Charlotte de Vos also created havoc a few times in the Korean defense. Korea reacted to protect their lead and Belgian goalkeeper Aisling D'Hoogue was called into action a few times, including on a spectacular intervention at the top of the circle against a forward arriving alone with no defender in sight.
Belgium were determined to get the equalizer and kept pushing. They however soon ran out of time and tried replacing their goal-keeper with an additional field player with 3 minutes left in the match. Charlotte de Vos earned a penalty-corner with one minute to go but they could not convert it and, on the counter-attack, Kim Jong Eun scored in the empty Belgian net to put the contest out of doubt.
The win pushed Korea to the 4th place in Pool A. They will play for 7th-8th on Wednesday, while Belgium ended in 6th place in the group and will play for 11th-12th position on Friday.
IM Jung Woo (KOR) - coach
On playing Belgium: "Today's match was a very hard game for us. I think Belgium played very well, especially after we scored one. They played very hard. Even though they won the game, I think it was a really hard match.
KIM Jong Eun (KOR)
On taking the lead in the first half: "At the beginning of the game we took advantage of our chances at goal and I think that helped us a lot."
On Belgium's positive second-half performance: "We were not surprised about Belgium, but in the second half they came out and attacked us with speed which caught us out"
On what the match means to the Korean team: "Winning this match means that we get to play for 7th or 8th place, which would place us in the top 10 in the world. Even though we will be ranked below the middle, I think this match proved quite positive for our future Korean players and the future of the Korean hockey team."
Pascal KINA (BEL) - coach
On Belgium's performance: "Today we are quite disappointed. We didn't start aggressive enough in the first half and that cost us two goals. We did better in the second half, but it was too late to come back. Although we tried everything to do that, we created some opportunities. It's not over, we still have one game. We played some nice hockey, we worked hard. We have a lot of talented players in our group, in the future we will be a good team, but today we have a lack of experience, that cost us a little every game. We need to learn from these games and we were here to learn, that was one of the objectives. To win the last game, that's what we want.
On whether his team lacked passion in the first half of the game: "We started the first half technically differently from the way we started the second half. I think the girls are very passionate, and it's not a lack of passion. If anything it's the lack of experience and aggressive play. They changed their game for the second half, but I didn't have to push them too hard to do that."
Emilie SINIA (BEL)
On the course of the match: "We started badly in the first half, we were a bit paralysed. The Japan score (Japan won their match 1-0) affected us, we saw the score on the board and the crowd reaction. In the second half we were rushing to score. We pushed to score, to get a result. We were hoping to play for a 9th/10th ranking, now we will play for 11th/12th. We are very disappointed."
On her Olympic Games experience: "It was our first time playing at this level, we found it a great experience. We're ranked 16th in the world. We played good hockey and with a little bit of experience we will get better."
|August 06th, 2012 at 9:38 am||Pool A match between Korea and Belgium just about to start at the Riverbank Arena in London|
|August 06th, 2012 at 9:39 am||Umpires for KOR vs. BEL are Julie ASHTON-LUCY (AUS) and MIAO Lin (CHN)|
|August 06th, 2012 at 9:39 am||Korea have so far one win (over Japan) and three losses (against China, Great Britain and The Netherlands)|
|August 06th, 2012 at 9:39 am||Belgium have so far two draws (against China and Japan) and two losses (against The Netherlands and Great Britain)|
|August 06th, 2012 at 9:52 am||Before the match, Lola Danhaive (BEL) is honored for her 150th International Cap. Congratulations!|
|August 06th, 2012 at 10:10 am||Kim Jong Eun opens the scoring for Korea. KOR-BEL: 1-0 in the 10th minute|
|August 06th, 2012 at 10:10 am||Green card for Stephanie de Groof (BEL)|
|August 06th, 2012 at 10:26 am||Lee Seon Ok scores another penalty-corner for Korea. KOR-BEL: 2-0|
|August 06th, 2012 at 10:38 am||Half-time: Korea have the match well in hand. KOR-BEL: 2-0 with a menacing storm approaching|
|August 06th, 2012 at 10:50 am||Erica Coppey scores for Belgium 2 minutes into 2nd half. KOR-BEL: 2-1|
|August 06th, 2012 at 10:51 am||Green card for Charlotte de Vos (BEL)|
|August 06th, 2012 at 10:59 am||Green card for Han Hye Lyoung (KOR) for pushing the ball away after the whistle...|
|August 06th, 2012 at 11:24 am||Another video-referral asked by Korea on the height of a penalty-corner.|
|August 06th, 2012 at 11:31 am||Belgium pulled their keeper with 3 minutes to go, but the gamble did not pay and Kim Jong Eun scored a 3rd goal|
|August 06th, 2012 at 11:32 am||Korea finish 4th of Pool B, Belgium finish 6th with 2 pts|