|December 1st, 2012|
|19||Semi-Final||2:00pm||MAS - KOR||3 - 6 (0 - 4)||Final|
Malaysia stunned by six goal Korea
Korea have stormed to a sparking 6-3 victory over the previously unbeaten Malaysia to secure a place in Sunday’s final of the Argentina Hockey Men’s Champions Challenge in Quilmes. The Koreans avenged the 4-2 defeat they suffered at the hands of their Asian rivals in the Pool phase, with Hyun Hye Sung and Jong Hyun Jang scoring two goals apiece in the victory. Korea will play either Argentina or Ireland in the final, while Malaysia will fight for the Bronze medal.
After a decidedly patchy tournament by their own very high standards, Korea finally showed everyone why they are the highest ranked team in the tournament with a scintillating first half display. The 7th best team in the world were simply brilliant, dominating possession and scoring four times without reply to stun a Malaysian side that had won all four of their matches coming into this game. Korea’s opener came eight minutes into the match thanks to a rising penalty corner flick from Hyun Hye Sung, and he claimed his second of the match 19 minutes later with a smart finish following a driving run from the right. Things went from bad to worse towards the end of the half when Malaysia scored an own goal before Lee Seung Il drilled home a penalty corner to give Korea a huge half time lead.
Malaysia’s second half performance was far better than their first, and eventually pulled a goal back when Chua Boon Huat deflected home a penalty corner in the 48th minute, but Korea’s Jang Jong Hyun restored the four goal advantage with a penalty corner of his own just two minutes later. Again Malaysia hit back when Muhammad Razie Abdul Rahim’s drag-flick made the score 5-2 with 18 minutes remaining, but Jang ended any hopes of a comeback when he converted his eighth goal of the tournament in the 60th minute. Malaysia’s Muhammad Marham Mohd Jalil scored a consolation goal five minutes from time, but Korea had already done enough to march into the Sunday’s tournament final.
Paul Revington (MAS Coach)
“Korea executed the penalties corner well and our defenders were not as strong as in the previous matches. The team’s character is strong and tomorrow they will have enough confidence to do their best.”
Shin Seok Kyo (KOR Coach)
“The players played very well in today’s match. They were well prepared for this game. We’ve lost in the first match when we played for the group, but we had a special preparation for this match and the players were really efficient today from penalties corners. All the players played a great match.”
“Our next rival can be Ireland or Argentina. And they are both strong. But Argentina has good experienced players, number 4 (Matías Vila), number 9 (Rodrigo Vila), number 7 (Facundo Callioni). They are all good players, with great skills and movement.”
Jong Ho Seo (KOR Player)
“I think we played very well today. It was a tough match as they are really fast. Our specialist corner shooters have trained for this by watching the videos, and they felt confidence to get the result today.”
“We are happy to be in the finals. We would like to play against Argentina. They are a hard opponent, are mentally prepared and the local favourites.”