Hyun helps Korea bt Argentina 2-1
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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 03, 2010, 21:51
New Delhi: Drag-flicker Hyun Woo Nam scored in the dying moments as a resilient Korea came back from a goal down to beat a fighting Argentina 2-1 in their second Pool A match of the hockey World Cup here today.

Lee Nam Yong (62 minutes) scored the equaliser while Hyun (70th) converted a penalty corner just 54 seconds from the hooter to give Korea full three points from the match.

Facundo Callioni scored the lone goal for Argentina in the 53rd minute at the floodlit Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here.

Korea showed great fighting spirit and scored two goals within last 10 minutes to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

The Asian champions sparkled in the final 15 minutes of the match, which was mainly dominated by Argentina for most part of the day.

Argentina were the more attacking side in the first half as they had two big scoring chances in the initial two minutes but on both the occasion the forwardline disappointed.

The Koreans too had a few chances, mainly through counter attacks, but their strikers lacked the finishing ability as both the teams failed to break the deadlock in the first period. The second half started on a similar note as both the teams fought tooth and nail but still failed to score inspite of numerous chances.

However, it was Argentina who finally broke the deadlock in the 53rd minute through Callioni from a Juan Martin Lopez lay off. It was incidentally the Argentina's first goal in the tournament as they lost to the Netherlands 0-3 in their tournament opener.

Just when it seemed that the Argentines would walk away with full three points, Young drew parity after he was beautifully set up by his captain Jong Ho Seo.

As if it was not enough for the Argentines, Korea scored the winner in the final minute of the match when Nam's drag-flick beat Argentine custodian Tomas Juan Espinosa all ends up.

Korea earned their sixth penalty corner when they claimed for it after the ball hit an Argentine foot inside the D. The video umpire confirmed the short corner and Nam was spot on with the low flick to the delight of his teammates.

Korea will face New Zealand in their next pool match on Friday, while Argentina takes on defending champions Germany.


First Published: Wednesday, March 03, 2010, 21:51

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