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Hockey World League: Netherlands win pool A, New Zealand finish second

June 9, 2015
The Netherlands and New Zealand will enter Thursday’s quarter-finals as unbeaten sides.

Day 5 in Buenos Aires saw the Netherlands finishing on top of pool A following their 3-1 win over Japan who became fourth. New Zealand maintained their second place with a 3-3 draw against Korea who finished third. The Netherlands and New Zealand will enter Thursday’s quarter-finals as unbeaten sides.

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.     

Thoughts on the match

Billy Bakker (NED)
“I’m satisfied with today’s result. After the draw against New Zealand we discussed a few things and the progress was visible today. Structure was the key to win this match today.”

Tomonori Ono (JPN)
“We can be satisfied with the way we played. I think it was a good performance from us although we lost in the end.”

Match 19: Korea v New Zealand 3-3 (2-1)

Nam Hyunwoo’s late strike secured Korea a 3-3 draw against the Blacksticks. New Zealand remained unbeaten in the pool stage and finished second in pool A with Korea finishing third.

Korea produced a 2-0 lead in the first quarter. 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 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.  

Thoughts on the match

Lee Seungil (KOR)
“The draw was ok.”

Hugo Inglis (NZL)
“It was great to score in my 150th match. It was good to get back into the game after being 2-0 down. We are pretty happy with the draw. We knew it was good enough to become second in the group.”

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