Saturday, March 17, 2012


Korea booked their place in the final of the Olympic Qualifier with relative ease as they demolished Russia 5-1 at the UCD ground in Dublin this morning.

It did not take them long to open scoring as You Ho Sik put them 1-0 ahead in the 10th minute. Jang Jong Hyun made it 2-0 in the next minute, converting a penalty corner.

After being 2-0 up, the Koreans stroked the ball around and still managed to score the third in the 32nd minute, this time via Jung Man Jae.

With one eye on the final, the Koreans eased up and moved the ball around, making the Russians work hard to regain possession.

The class of the Koreans showed and they had no trouble going 4-0 up with skipper Seo Jong Ho finding the net with a deft shot from the top of the circle in the 43rd minute.

Nam scored another penalty corner goal in the 50th minute before Russia reduced the deficit, also through a penalty corner converted by Nikolay Yankun in the 56th minute.

Korea will play either Malaysia or Ireland in the final on Sunday to determine the lone spot available for London 2012 Olympics.