The bronze medal match between New Zealand and Korea found both teams trying to look for an opening to score. Both teams failed to convert their penalty corners as well.
However, in the second half, things started to get rough, when New Zealand was awarded with a penalty corner, which they converted. Korea registered a protest as they said it shouldn’t be considered a goal. A fight nearly ensued, thereafter.
With two minutes left to the game, and Korea leading 2 goals to 1, New Zealand sacrificed their goalkeeper, as he went into the field, for an extra player. If New Zealand had scored, they would have forced extra time. Unfortunately, their strategy did not work out.
Korean coach Shin Seok Kyo was very happy with his team’s performance. He had brought young players to this tournament to test their ability. Korea eventually won the bronze medal while defending champion New Zealand ended up in fourth place.
Final score was New Zealand 1, Korea 2. View (and buy) high quality photos of this match at Sports Media Group Australia.
Event: Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2013: Bronze Medal Match: New Zealand (1) – Korea (2)
Venue: Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium, Ipoh
Date: 17th March, 2013
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