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Korea shock the Netherlands
December 03, 2007 22:51 IST
South Korea scored a major upset at the hockey's Champions Trophy in Kuala Lumpur on Monday dumping defending champions and favourites the Netherlands 6-2.
In other matches, Australia kept themselves in the chase for a place in the final when they edged out Britain 1-0 while world champions Germany [Images] remained the only unbeaten team at the tournament with a 4-1 rout over Spain.
Korea put in a commanding performance against the Dutch who finally wilted in the late afternoon heat, allowing the Koreans to score four times in the last nine minutes.
The Netherlands started the match well enough when they went ahead through Wouter Hermkens in the 23rd minute but failed to take several clear chances after that. Korea banged in the equaliser from Jang Jong-hyun in the 34th and at halftime it was 1-1.
The Dutch took the lead again through Maathijs Brouwer in the 36th, but Korea again came back to even the score through Kim Sam-seok in the 56th.
After that, it was all Korea as they overran their opponents, with a hat-trick from Jang and more goals from Lee Nam-yong and Kim Joung-go.