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Koreans strike late, beat Argentina

Hyun Woo Nam scored in the last 40 seconds to guide South Korea to a 2-1 win over a fighting Argentina in Pool A, reports B Shrikant.

india Updated: Mar 04, 2010 00:04 IST
B Shrikant

Hyun Woo Nam scored in the last 40 seconds to guide South Korea to a 2-1 win over a fighting Argentina in Pool A. Argentina took the lead in the 53rd minute when Juan Martin Lopez set up Facundo Callioni in front of the goal. With this victory they are also in the race to top the pool.

Callioni did not make any mistake and scored Argentina’s first goal in the tournament.

The South Americans then crowded their defence in a bid to deny the Koreans a free run. However, the nippy Koreans kept up the pressure and restored parity nine minutes later when Hyun Woo Nam deftly slotted home the goal with a superb reverse hit after being fed by Hyo Sik You.

The Koreans then sealed victory moments before the final hooter when Nam’s drag-flick got lodged in the bottom right corner of the Argentine goal, bringing back memories of their last-minute heroics against India in the 2006 edition at Monchengladbach (Germany). The score-line incidentally was the same --- 2-1 in favour of the Koreans.

The first 50 minutes of play was a saga of missed chances. Though Korea looked the stronger team, Argentina put up a good fight and created the first few chances.

Lucas Vila, Juan Martin Lopez and Callioni created a number of opportunities but failed to capitalise. Pedro Ibarra got three penalty-corners but could not convert any.