Friday, June 19, 2009


It was a face saving day for the Asian teams as Pakistan and South Korea won their classification matches.

Pakistan finished fifth when they beat dethroned champion Argentina 4-1 at the Sengkang Hockey Stadium in Singapore.

Meanwhile South Korea stage a dramatic fight back at the Johor Banhru Hockey Stadium, after being 3-0 down to defeat Spain 4-3 to take the 7th spot.

Pakistan scored off a penalty corner converted by Aamir Shahzad in the 6th minute but Argentine drew level ten minutes later through Guido Barreiros Lopez.

Shafqat Rasool scored a brace in the 45th and 64th minute to give Pakistan a 3-1 lead before Abbas Haider scored the fourth goal in the 65th minute.

Spain went ahead through Alex Casasayas in the 6th minute before Javier Garcia Chicote scored the second four minutes later.

The European champions extended their lead through Diego Arana in the 30th minute but Korea reduced the deficit through Kang Moon Kweon on the stroke of halftime.

Lee Dong Hyun scored Korea’s second goal in the 49th minute before Jeon Byung Jin equalized with two minutes of play left.

The Spanish were shocked and before they could blink, Korea scored the winner in the very next minute when Kang sent in an unstoppable penalty corner attempt high into the net to give them a 4-3 victory.