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India, Korea in same group

July 01, 2005 19:51 IST

Asian giants India and Korea are placed in the same group in the second round of the Rabobank Men's Junior World Cup hockey tournament as per the draw made available in Rotterdam on Friday.

The top three teams from each of the four pools advance to the next round.

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The 12 teams are then divided into two pools for another round of league matches where they play sides they have not met in the preliminary league.

Also, all the teams carry forward the points they have scored from their matches against other qualifiers from their pool. The top four teams from the second phase will advance to semi-finals.

Accordingly, the three qualifiers from pool A will be clubbed with those from pool D. The other group will comprise qualifiers from pools B and C.

India and the Netherlands, who play each other on Saturday, have already qualified from pool D and the third team from this group could be either Poland or Egypt, depending on the result of Saturday's match between them.

From Pool A, Korea have advanced to the 'Super 12' stage, winning both their matches and take on England, on Saturday.

Spain and England are likely to be the other two qualifiers from this pool. Both have won one match apiece.

Spain meet winless Mexico, a match they are expected to win.

Meanwhile, Argentina, having won both their matches in Pool B, have booked their berth in the next round. The other likely qualifiers from this pool could be Germany and Malaysia, both with one win apiece against South Africa who meet Argentina on Saturday.

In Pool C, Australia and Pakistan, with two wins each, qualified for the second round. They will be joined by the winners of the Belgium-Chile game.


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