South Korea stunned 2016 Olympic champions Argentina in the penalty shootout to secure a spot in the quarter-finals, while Germany also reached the last eight after an easy 5-1 victory over France in the FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar on Monday. The South Koreans, who had finished third in Pool B, won 3-2 in the penalty shootout after the two sides were tied 5-5 in regular time in an entertaining and high-scoring crossover match in the almost full stadium. Kalinga Stadium.
They rode on an inspired performance by their 38-year-old veteran Jang Jonghyun, who converted two penalty corners.
Veteran captain Lee Nam Yong, 39, was also one of the scorers as he equalized in the 56th minute, while Kim Sunghyun (18th) and Jeong Junwoo (20th) scored the other goals for the South Koreans in regular time .
Nicolas Keenan (21st and 47th minutes) and Nicolas Della Torre (24th and 41st) each struck twice for Argentina, while Maico Casella (8th minute) scored the other goal in regular time.
South Korea was the only Asian country to remain in the quarterfinals and will meet Group C-toppers the Netherlands on Wednesday.
Argentina will play Chile in their 9th to 16th ranking match on January 26 in Rourkela.
Earlier in the day, Germany scored three goals in the second quarter to defeat France 5-1 in their crossover match and reach the quarter-finals.
Marco Miltkau (15th minute) put Germany ahead with a fielding effort in the first quarter before scoring three goals in the second quarter.
Niklas Wellen (19th), Mats Grambusch (23rd) and Moritz Trompertz (25th) were on target in the second quarter.
Gonzalo Peillat (60th), who previously represented Argentina, shot from the penalty in the last minute of the game. Germany earned no less than nine penalty corners from which they scored twice. Germany, which finished second behind defending champion Belgium, will meet Group D toppers England in the quarterfinals here on Wednesday.
Francois Goyet (57th) was the lone goalscorer for France, who had finished third in Pool A, as they exited the tournament. They also got nine PCs – seven of which came in the fourth quarter – from which they scored just once. France will play Wales, who finished bottom of Pool D, in their first 9th to 16th ranking match on January 26 at Rourkela.
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