|June 18th, 2013|
|15||Quarterfinal||5:00pm||KOR - BEL||2 - 1 (2 - 1)||Final|
Korea – Belgium 2-1 (2-1 halftime)
Korea played a solid game of hockey today against Belgium and was rewarded with a spot in Thursday’s semi-final game against Germany at the Rabobank Hockey World League tournament. Korea went down early, but rebounded quickly to win the quarterfinal meeting, 2-1.
Thus far all the top-seeded teams have won their quarterfinal game in Rotterdam today. Korea, ranked #8 in the FIH World Ranking will take on fifth-ranked Germany, while #3 New Zealand awaits the outcome of the Netherlands v. India game.
Belgium wasted no time scoring the 1-0 goal, striking just over a minute into play. With nearly every player crowded in the D and the ball bouncing to and fro, Barbara Nelen was the lucky one to get her stick on the ball and score the early strike. It would be the last the Korean’s would see of the Belgian offense as the Korean comeback slowly set into motion.
Mi Hyun Park put the in 1-1 goal in the 14th minute for the Koreans. It was unclear whether the goal would be allowed, but following a video review, it was deemed valid and the Koreans were on the board. Five minutes later, Korea took the lead when Jong Eun Kim batted in the ball on another unorthodox goal. This one needed no review however, and it was an immediate celebration for the Koreans.
After the goal, the Koreans settled in and played a stable and conservative game, thwarting any hopes for the Belgian comeback. Belgium did have a few chances, but found it hard to break through the Korean game plan and really threaten for the equalizer.
The loss puts an end to Belgium’s incredible run in the inaugural Hockey World League. The Belgian women were the only team of the 32 men’s and women’s teams to play in both Round 1 and Round 2 events. Belgium will face Chile in its initial placement game on Thursday.
|June 18th, 2013 at 10:03 am||Next up on the hit parade here in Rotterdam is Korea vs. Belgium (women). Quarterfinal mania continues!|
|June 18th, 2013 at 10:08 am||Belgium makes an early statement when Nelen scores in the 2nd minute, getting her stick on the pinball-bouncing ball|
|June 18th, 2013 at 10:23 am||Korea ties the game at one after a goal is allowed following a video review. MH Park the goal scorer|
|June 18th, 2013 at 10:28 am||Korea climbs ahead with a goal five minutes later when J E Kim bats in the go-ahead goal. Score is now 2-1.|
|June 18th, 2013 at 10:42 am||After the initial excitement, the teams settle in and the 2-1 Korean lead lasts until the halftime hooter.|
|June 18th, 2013 at 10:54 am||The second half is underway between Korea and Belgium. The winner is into the semi-final game here in Rotterdam|
|June 18th, 2013 at 11:24 am||Belgium with a key pc chance with four minutes left in the game, but the chance is missed and Korea continues to lead 2-1|
|June 18th, 2013 at 11:27 am||Belgium pulls the goalie for the extra attacker.....2 minutes to go in the game|
|June 18th, 2013 at 11:29 am||The comeback bid for Belgium falls short as Korea shoots their way into the semi-final game against Germany with the 2-1 win.|