Olympic Games London 2012
London, Great Britain - July 29 - 10, 2012

KOR V BEL ( Pool A ) Olympic Games London 2012

3 - 1

Match Review KOR - BEL 3-1


Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
KOR 8 11 KIM Jongeun FG 1 - 0
KOR 24 7 LEE Seon Ok PC 2 - 0
BEL 37 11 COPPEY Erica FG 2 - 1
KOR 70 11 KIM Jongeun FG 3 - 1


Team Minute Shirt # Player Type
BEL 8 5 De GROOF Stephanie G
BEL 39 15 De VOS Charlotte G
KOR 47 9 HAN Hye Lyoung G


DNP = Did not participate
S = Suspended
DSQ = Disqualified

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire 1 ASHTON-LUCY Julie
Umpire 2 MIAO Lin
Reserve Umpire STEWART Wendy
Judge 1 RINALDINI Lorena
Judge 2 BUCKLEY Peri
Technical Officer ELLIS Janet

Both Korea and Belgium were already out of semi-final contention and playing for the far less motivating objective of avoiding the wooden spoon in Pool A. The match started on a slow pace and it took a while for the crowd to get something to be excited about. Korea had two penalty-corners in the first ten minutes, but Cheon Seul Ki misfired the first and their option on the second fizzled.

In the 10th minute, Park Mi Hyun progressed on the right of the circle, attracting the Belgian defense.  Kim Jong Eun was left unmarked and she had no problem beating from close range Aisling D'Hoogue in the Belgian goal to open the scoring. The Belgian players seemed unhappy about the play and Stephanie de Groof picked up a green card for her arguing.

Korea had most of the ball possession and a few chances on open plays and penalty-corners, but it is only in the 25th minute that Lee Seon Ok increased their lead on another penalty-corner earned after a desperate clearance by the Belgian defenders. Belgium had a few quick counter-attacks, including one by Charlotte de Vos running 50 meters with the ball amid defenders, but they could never really threaten the Korean defensive block.

Belgium were quick off the block when returning from the half-time break and it took them less than two minutes to reduce the gap by Erica Coppey. They earned a penalty-corner soon after but could not make use of it. The crowd however had now something to cheer for and started to loudly encourage the Belgian players in their quest for the equalizer.

Jill Boon had a good chance after beating Korean goal-keeper Jang Soo Ji one-on-one, but could not turn quick enough to adjust her shot on goal, and Charlotte de Vos also created havoc a few times in the Korean defense. Korea reacted to protect their lead and Belgian goalkeeper Aisling D'Hoogue was called into action a few times, including on a spectacular intervention at the top of the circle against a forward arriving alone with no defender in sight.

Belgium were determined to get the equalizer and kept pushing. They however soon ran out of time and tried replacing their goal-keeper with an additional field player with 3 minutes left in the match. Charlotte de Vos earned a penalty-corner with one minute to go but they could not convert it and, on the counter-attack, Kim Jong Eun scored in the empty Belgian net to put the contest out of doubt.

The win pushed Korea to the 4th place in Pool A. They will play for 7th-8th on Wednesday, while Belgium ended in 6th place in the group and will play for 11th-12th position on Friday.

(Yan Huckendubler)

  • Match 28
  • Date Mon, 6 Aug 2012
  • Time 16:00
  • Pool/Class Pool A
  • Venue

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