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Hockey World League: Korea earn draw through Nam Hyunwoo’s late strike

June 10, 2015
The four quarter-final matches are known following the last day of round-robin action at the Argentina Hockey World League in Buenos Aires.

The four quarter-final matches are known following the last day of round-robin action at the Argentina Hockey World League in Buenos Aires. Pool A winners Netherlands will face Spain in Thursday’s quarter-final with pool B winners Argentina taking on Japan. New Zealand finished 2nd in pool A and will now play Canada, 3rd in pool B. Germany, 2nd in pool B, will meet Korea, the 3rd of pool A.

Day 5 in Buenos saw the Netherlands winning 3-1 against Japan in pool A. The match between Korea and New Zealand finished tied at 3-3. Germany celebrating a convincing 9-0 victory over Canada in pool B with Argentina narrowly defeating Spain 1-0.

Match 17: Germany v Canada 9-0 (5-0)

The Olympic champions grabbed their third win at the Argentina Hockey World League Semi-Final in Buenos Aires following a convincing 9-0 over Canada. Germany started the match with real intent. Thanks to a Florian Fuchs’s double-strike the Olympic Champions were 2-0 up after only four minutes. Fuchs finished a beautiful solo-run, slotting home from close range one minute later.

The world’s number 3 remained the dominant side throughout the first quarter with Christopher Rühr (6’) and Niklas Wellen (7’) increasing the lead to 4-0 after seven minutes. The Germans took control of the game and dominated possession also throughout the second quarter with Mats Grambusch (29’) adding another goal to secure a convincing 5-0 advantage at halftime. The second half saw Moritz Fürste (36’), Tobias Hauke (38’), Rühr (45’) and Christopher Zeller (49’) adding more goals to seal a convincing 9-0 victory.

Match 18: Netherlands v Japan 3-1 (1-1)

The Netherlands finished the pool stage unbeaten following a 3-1 win over Japan. A Billy Bakker double-strike and a Mink van der Weerden penalty corner goal were enough to grab their third win in pool A.

The Olympic and World Cup Silver medallists only needed 51 seconds to get on the scoreboard as Bakker scored on the first shot of the game. Japan, however, recovered quickly, equalising five minutes later when Toshiro Tachibana hit the back of the goal from a penalty corner variation.

The Samurais kept the match open for a long time but conceded a goal when Bakker netted the rebound from the keeper after he had saved Robbert Kemperman’s attempt. The third goal arrived on 49 minutes with Mink van der Weerden’s penalty corner flick hitting the net with 122 km/h.     
 
Match 19: Korea v New Zealand 3-3 (2-1)

Nam Hyunwoo’s late strike secured Korea a 3-3 draw against the Blacksticks. Earlier, Korea had produced a 2-0 lead. Oh Daekeun opened the scoring on 4 minutes when his strike hit the back of the net after the ball had been deflected by a Blacksticks defender. Kim Youngjin (12’) doubled the lead still in the first quarter with a brilliant goal after a huge aerial pass from Lee Jung Jun.

The Black Sticks fought back into the match through goals from Hugo Inglis and Phil Burrows. Inglis scored on his 150th cap before Burrows tapped the ball through the goalkeeper’s legs to level the score to 2-2. Burrows also marked his 150th goal for the Black Sticks.

The third quarter saw New Zealand turning the score around thanks to Simon Child (45’). However, Korea were able to strike back when Nam Hyunwoo converted a penalty corner on 58 minutes making him joint top scorer together with team-mate Lee Namyong and Germany’s Christopher Rühr.  

Match 20: Spain v Argentina 0-1 (0-0)

The “Leones” maintained their perfect record at the Argentina Hockey Champions Trophy in Buenos Aires with a narrow 1-0 win over Spain. The game winning goal was scored by Facundo Callioni with three minutes remaining.

The first half saw strong play from both sides but not many scoring opportunities. Spain knew that they have to win this encounter to avoid finishing fourth in pool B. The Red Sticks fought hard to get on the scoreboard but they were unable to break through the Argentine defence.

FIH rising star Gonzalo Peillat was close to scoring in the third quarter but his attempt was saved on the line. The winner was scored by Callioni on 57 minutes when he went on a solo-run beating all in his path to give Argentina the lead much to the delight of the crowd in the sold out stadium at CeNARD.

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