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Korea power past Holland
September 07, 2006 15:58 IST
Korea pulled off a dramatic 3-2 victory over favourites the Netherlands in a Pool B game of World Cup Hockey at the Warsteiner Hockeypark stadium in Monchengladbach, Germany, on Wednesday .
In a match that was played at an unbelievable pace, the super-fast Koreans led 2-0 though goals from Hyo Sik You (12th, 15th minutes) at the break before the Dutch caught up in the second-half as Ronald Brouwer (48th) and Taeke Taekema (53rd) scored.
However, the Koreans struck the third goal in the 64th minute through Nam Yong Lee to seal the issue in the floodlit encounter.
Earlier, India went down to Germany 2-3, while New Zealand routed Argentina 3-0.
The Koreans maintained a scorching pace, allowing the Dutch no time to respite. The Dutch, taken aback by the Korean aggression, were on the ropes.
Only after the breather did the Dutch, winners of three titles this year, including the Champions Trophy, kick-start their challenge, matching the Koreans in pace and exchanges.
But the Koreans, who were kept afloat by some quality goalkeeping by Dong Sik Ko, struck the vital blow towards the close to avenge their bronze medal play-off defeat four years ago.