Olympic Games London 2012
London, Great Britain - July 30 - 11, 2012

KOR V NED ( Pool B ) Olympic Games London 2012

2 - 4

Match Review KOR - NED 2-4


Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
NED 17 30 van der WEERDEN Mink PC 0 - 1
NED 21 26 VERGA Valentin FG 0 - 2
NED 47 9 WEUSTHOF Roderick PS 0 - 3
KOR 53 32 NAM Hyunwoo PC 1 - 3
KOR 62 6 LEE Namyong PC 2 - 3
NED 64 8 BAKKER Billy FG 2 - 4


DNP = Did not participate
S = Suspended
DSQ = Disqualified

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire 1 KIM Hong Lae
Umpire 2 CURRAN Ged
Reserve Umpire PULLMAN Tim
Judge 1 de SALES Claudius
Judge 2 AGUILERA Antonio
Technical Officer DEVADAS Mathavan

The Netherlands were already qualified for the semi-finals while Korea needed a win to have a slim hope of going through, depending on the result of Germany later in the day against New Zealand.

First chances were for Rogier Hofman after ten minutes of play. Following a powerful shot, he picked up the rebound from the goalkeeper and had plenty of time to adjust a second shot, but Lee Myung Ho in the Korean goal was up to the task on both occasions. The teams were offering an enjoyable display of attacking hockey, with superior individual skills on both sides, and the crowd quickly warmed up in the chilly early morning.

The Netherlands earned a penalty-corner mid-way through the period and Mink Van Der Weerden slammed it in goal to open the scoring. Soon after, Valentin Verga surprised the Korean defense with a sudden shot from the top of the circle and the Dutch team appeared on their way to a comfortable fifth win. Korea was however not ready to give up yet. They had a series of penalty-corners in the final minutes of the period, but Jang Jong Hyun’s flicks were saved by Jaap Stockmann in the Dutch goal and the break was reached with the two goal gap.

Korea kept trying and had a few good chances early in second period, first for Lee Nam Yong on a ball rolling tantalizingly on the goal line behind Jaap Stockmann, then by Kim Young Jin who collected a long ball high behind the Dutch defense but failed to redirect it past Stockmann. Their hopes of coming back were dashed when Roderick Weusthof was fouled when progressing in the circle and converted himself the penalty-stroke to build a seemingly insurmountable 3-goal lead.

Nam Hyun Woo closed the gap on penalty-corner with still 16 minutes left in the period. He however injured himself delivering the flick and had to be taken away on a stretcher. Korea showed their depth in the exercise when Jang Jong Hyun was as impressive and efficient on the next penalty-corner chance, closing the gap to one goal. It was too close for comfort for The Netherlands and they promptly re-established their two-goal lead by Billy Bakker after a swift counter-attack that baffled the Korean defense.

With the win, The Netherlands finished unbeaten in the group stage and advanced to the semi-finals as winner of Pool B, while the Koreans will have to wait for the other matches of the day to know their fate.

(Yan Huckendubler)

  • Match 25
  • Date Tue, 7 Aug 2012
  • Time 08:30
  • Pool/Class Pool B
  • Venue

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