Korean men’s hockey advances to World Cup quarterfinals after 13 years
The Korean men’s hockey team succeeded in advancing to the quarterfinals of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) World Cup. It is the first time in 13 years that Korea has reached the quarterfinals since the 2010 tournament.
The Korean national team, led by head coach Shin Seok-gyo, won the FIH Men’s World Cup quarterfinal match against Argentina in Bhubaneswar, India on the 23rd (local time) after a close match that went all the way to a penalty shootout, 3-2.
Korea, ranked 10th in the world, struggled in the beginning against Argentina, ranked 7th. Argentina seized the initiative by dominating the midfield and put pressure on Korea. The opening goal also belonged to Argentina. Argentina scored with Casella Maico’s diving shot. 토토사이트
Korea launched a counterattack in the second quarter. After blocking the opponent’s attack, he scored an equalizer through a quick counterattack play, and drove the momentum to create a 2-1 reversal. Argentina was also not easy. They came back again, scoring two goals in a row. Korea tied the score 3-3 with Jang Jong-hyeon’s goal in the third quarter.
Argentina then scored two goals in a row and took a two-point lead early in the fourth quarter. South Korea showed its concentration the moment it looked like it was going to lose. Jang Jong-hyun and Lee Nam-yong scored a goal from a penalty corner. Having tied the score, Korea led the game until the penalty shootout, and goalkeeper Kim Jae-hyun blocked the opponent’s shot, creating a double electrode.
Korea advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time in 13 years since the 2010 tournament. Korea will face World No. 3 Netherlands in the quarterfinals on the 25th. The Netherlands was the runner-up in the 2018 tournament held just before. In an interview with FIH, Jang Jong-hyun said, “I am so happy to win,” and “I will do my best to do better in the quarterfinals.”