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Hockey: Malaysia down Korea to reach Junior World Cup semis for first time

Malaysia celebrated a first appearance in the semi-finals of the FIH Junior World Cup after a hard-fought 2-1 win over Asian rivals Korea. Photos: FIH / Stanislas Brochier.

Malaysia celebrated a first-ever appearance in the semi-finals of the FIH Junior World Cup after a hard-fought 2-1 quarter-final win over Asian rivals Korea. Photos: FIH / Stanislas Brochier.

December 13, 2013: Malaysia beat Korea 2-1 in a fiery encounter at the Major Dhyanchand National Stadium in New Delhi to reach the semi-finals of the Hero Junior World Cup for the first time since its inauguration in 1983.

 

Malaysia will next face France, who beat Belgium 5-4 in an earlier quarter-final, while Germany and Netherlands will face off in an all-European semi-final after wins over Oceania duo Australia (4-3) and New Zealand (3-2) respectively.

 

Hosts India will face great rivals Pakistan in the ninth-place playoff on Saturday after comfortable wins over Argentina (4-2) and South Africa (4-0).

 

Malaysia had won all three of their pool matches, while Asian rivals Korea had edged into the last eight by coming back from 3-1 down against India to rescue a 3-3 draw in their final pool match and relegate the hosts to the minor placings.

 

Korean ace You Seung-ju, who scored a hat-trick against India, failed to convert from three early penalty-corners before Shahril Saabah put Malaysia ahead in the 18th minute, pouncing on a Korean mis-trap in the area.

 

Malaysia came close to extending their lead but hit the post from a deflection and were to regret it when You dragged his fourth penalty-corner into the top-right corner to make it 1-1 at the break.

 

Tempers flared in a testy opening to the second half, with Malaysia enjoying more territory but failing to capitalise on opportunities. The side were finally rewarded for their persistence in the 62nd minute when Saabah scored his second with a powerful drag-flick from a penalty-corner.

 

India (yellow) led Argentina 3-0 at the break before finishing 4-2 winners to set up a ninth-place playoff against great rivals Pakistan on Saturday.

India (in yellow) led Argentina 3-0 at the break before winning 4-2 to set up a ninth-place playoff against rivals Pakistan.

India, disappointed to be playing in the bottom half of the draw, quickly took the lead against Argentina, with Ramandeep Singh entering the circle on the right and blasting a shot from a difficult angle through keeper Tomas Rearte. Amit Rohidas soon doubled the lead from a penalty-corner.

 

Ramandeep Singh made it 3-0 in the 31st minute, cutting through the Argentinian defence and again beating Rearte from an impossible angle nearly on the backline, to the delight of the local fans.

 

Argentina pulled one goal back early after the break by Lucas Martinez, but Gurjinder Singh’s low penalty-corner flick re-established India’s three-goal cushion. The Indian players turned on the style for their fans in the latter stages, creating plenty of chances and hitting the crossbar, but it was Argentina who scored the last goal through Lautaro Diaz following a bobbled penalty-corner.

 

Pakistan also impressed against South Africa and took the lead in the eighth minute through Muhammed Dilber’s forehand deflection from a long hit into the area. It remained 1-0 at the break.

 

In the 41st minute, Ammad Shakeel Butt scored the first of his two goals two minutes, scoring with a backhand shot following a great pass from Uhammad Umar Bhutta, then converted a penalty corner soon after. Muhammad Irfan scored at the far post for the fourth and final goal after a quick passing sequence in the circle.

 

Pakistan (in green) looked impressive in their 4-0 win over South Africa on Thursday.

Pakistan (in green) looked impressive in their 4-0 win over South Africa on Thursday.

For pool-stage report, visit: http://sport-asia.com/hockey-korea-deny-hosts-india-place-in-junior-world-cup-quarters/

 

Hero Junior World Cup 2013, New Delhi, India

 

Classification finals (December 14)

15/16   13:15   EGY – CAN

13/14   15:30   ENG – ESP

11/12   17:45   RSA – ARG

9/10     20:00   PAK – IND

 

Semi-finals (December 13)

5/8       13:15   BEL – KOR

SF 1    15:30   FRA – MAS

5/8       17:45   AUS – NZL

SF 2    20:00   GER – NED

 

Quarter-finals (December 12)

QF 4    11:00   NED – NZL      3-2 (1-0)

13/16   11:30   EGY – ENG     1-6 (1-0)

QF 1    13:15   BEL – FRA       4-5 (1-1)

13/16   14:00   ESP – CAN     3-2 (2-1)

QF 2    15:30   MAS – KOR    2-1 (1-1)

9/12     16:30   PAK – RSA      4-0 (1-0)

QF 3    17:45   AUS – GER     3-4 (1-1)

9/12     20:00   ARG – IND      2-4 (0-3)

 

Source: FIH

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