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Sunday, December 2, 2012


Argentina’s dream of returning to the top table of international hockey is alive and kicking thanks to a 2-1 win over Ireland in the Semi Finals of the Argentina Hockey Men’s Champions Challenge 1.
Goals from Pedro Ibarra and Guillermo Schickendantz proved to be enough to set up a Final meeting with Korea, who were winners against Malaysia earlier in the day.
Korea were in dazzling form in the first Semi Final, powering to a 4-0 half time lead before winning 6-3 against a Malaysia side that defeated them 4-2 in the Pool phase.
Malaysia and Ireland will fight it out for Bronze, with MAS coach Paul Revington coming up against his former charges.  
Earlier in the day, Japan beat South Africa and Canada defeated Poland. Japan and Canada will compete in the 5-6 Classification match, while Poland and South Africa do battle in the 7-8 placement game.  
Semi Final Reports
Malaysia stunned by six-goal Korea
Korea have stormed to a sparkling 6-3 victory over the previously unbeaten Malaysia to secure a place in Sunday’s final of the Argentina Hockey Men’s Champions Challenge in Quilmes. The Koreans avenged the 4-2 defeat they suffered at the hands of their Asian rivals in the Pool phase, with Hyun Hye Sung and Jong Hyun Jang scoring two goals apiece in the victory.  Korea will play either Argentina or Ireland in the final, while Malaysia will fight for the Bronze medal.
After a decidedly patchy tournament by their own very high standards, Korea finally showed everyone why they are the highest ranked team in the tournament with a scintillating first half display. The 7th best team in the world were simply brilliant, dominating possession and scoring four times without reply to stun a Malaysian side that had won all four of their matches coming into this game. Korea’s opener came eight minutes into the match thanks to a rising penalty corner flick from Hyun Hye Sung, and he claimed his second of the match 19 minutes later with a smart finish following a driving run from the right. Things went from bad to worse towards the end of the half when Malaysia scored an own goal before Lee Seung Il drilled home a penalty corner to give Korea a huge half time lead.
Malaysia’s second half performance was far better than their first, and eventually pulled a goal back when Chua Boon Huat deflected home a penalty corner in the 48th minute, but Korea’s Jang Jong Hyun restored the four goal advantage with a penalty corner of his own just two minutes later. Again Malaysia hit back when Muhammad Razie Abdul Rahim’s drag-flick made the score 5-2 with 18 minutes remaining, but Jang ended any hopes of a comeback when he converted his eighth goal of the tournament in the 60th minute. Malaysia’s Muhammad Marham Mohd Jalil scored a consolation goal five minutes from time, but Korea had already done enough to march into the Sunday’s tournament final. 

sumber : FIH



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