Two tough-playing teams who know they should have progressed further in the Champions Challenge 1 played out an end-to-end game that was short on goals but heavy on entertaining hockey. The final score at the end of regulation time was 1-1 courtesy of a scrambled goal from Charlotte de Vos and a solo effort from Park Mi Hyun, during which she won a penalty and then converted it.
The final minutes of the game were largely Belgium, but despite strong attacking runs from Stephanie de Groof and Barbara Nelen in particular, the Red Panthers were unable to deliver the winning goal.
At the other end of the pitch, Korea created chances when they broke out of their circle, but neither a diving attempt by captain Kim Jong Eun nor a fine shot from Park, could break the deadlock.
Shoot-out was always going to be tough for Belgium as they had lost the quarter finals in the same manner. Certainly the players looked hesitant as Alix Gerniers, de Groof, Anouk Raes and Nelen all missed. Park scored from a cheeky lob over the Belgium goalkeeper, Aisling D'Hooghe, and Cheon Seul scored the winner.
The result means Korea finish the Champions Challenge 1 in fifth place and Belgium finish sixth. Han Jin Soo, the Korea coach said he was delighted with his team's ability to bounce back after earlier disappointing results. "Now we can go to The Hague with some confidence."
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