The Netherlands will next face South Korea in the ongoing Hockey World Cup in India. In the intermediate round, the team was surprisingly strong for Argentina. After a 5-5 draw, the Asian players won the shoot-outs: 3-2.
Thanks to the group victory in the group stage, the Orange were already assured of a place in the quarter-finals. National coach Jeroen Delmy’s team in India won back-to-back matches against Malaysia (4-0), New Zealand (4-0) and Chile (14-0). That last win was the biggest ever in a World Cup.
South Korea finished third in their group. Belgium (5-0) and Germany (7-2) suffered big defeats. In between, the team beat Japan 2-1.
The match between Netherlands and South Korea will be held in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday. The winner of the meeting between defending champions Belgium and New Zealand will advance to the semi-finals.
On the other side of the table, Australia, Spain, England and Germany are fighting for a place in the finals. The Netherlands are chasing their first World Cup title since 1998.
Two penalty corners
Argentina, who were ranked seventh in India at the last World Cup and last Olympics, had a long lead against South Korea. It looked like the fight was over in the intermediate round when Nicholas Keenan made it 5-3 with his second goal early in the last quarter. But from two penalty corners, South Korea still leveled through Jang Jong-hyun and Lee Nam-yong.
Subsequently, South Korea won the shoot-out. Lucas Toscani missed the decisive ball by scoring only after 8 seconds had passed. This miss caused great joy among Koreans, who prepared 48 hours for the clash with orange.
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