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Men’s Australia books hockey semi-final berth
Australia vs Korea: 2 - 1
Venue: State Hockey Centre
Event Review Location: Venue Press Centre
TUE 23 ESP 2000 15:47

SYDNEY- The Australian men’s hockey team booked its semi-final berth on Tuesday, finishing top of Pool A after a 2-1victory over Korea.

Korea took a surprise early lead by scoring in the eighth minute through an impressive field goal from SONG Seung-Tae. But the Australians again fought back to level the score by half time and then take the lead. They made similar come-backs against India, Argentina and Spain.

The early Korean goal gave Australia a sense of urgency to press for an equaliser. It arrived when Craig VICTORY flicked in a penalty corner shot right on the stroke of half-time.

The second half saw penetrating runs and impressive play by James ELMER, Stephen DAVIES, Adam COMMENS and Paul GOUDOIN. The forwards were quick with their play and at times left the normally hard running Koreans behind. Their hard work saw a winner through a penalty corner conversion by Jay STACY’s power-driven shot in the 62nd minute.

Australia’s semi final opponents on Thursday will be decided in today’s remaining matches.
Olympic News Service /nk/im/bt    

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