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Spain beat Korea to claim bronze

Anupam Ghulati | August 21, 2005 21:37 IST

Champions Trophy holders Spain shrugged off a late challenge from South Korea to emerge 2-1 winners and claim the bronze medal in the Rabo Trophy hockey tournament in Amstelveen on Sunday.

Spain, who led by 1-0 at the breather, scored through a brace by Santi Freixa through penalty corners, while Yoon Sung Hoon reduced the margin for the Koreans.

Even though Spain remained unbeaten in this tournament, they struggled to find their rhythm upfront. And coupled with a vulnerable defence, they conceded six penalty corners, which to their fortune were kept out by the spectacular saves from goalkeeper Bernardino Herrera.

Spain made the better of the two corners, scoring from both, Freixa's flick being first deflected in by Hyung Bae Han in the 31st minute and then a perfect drag flick went past Ko Dong Sik in the 57th minute.

Korea rallied towards the end of the game and succeeded with a brilliant effort from Jang Jong Hyun who weaved past the Spanish defence to set up Yoon Sung Hyun in the 65th minute.

Just before the hooter was blown Korea frittered away their last chance for the equaliser as Kang Seong Jung flicked off target.

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