01 December 2009

2009 ABN-AMRO Hockey Champions Trophy - Men - Melbourne Match 4 - Germany v Korea

Firstly congratulations to Mattias Witthaus. This game marks his 300th game for Germany.

Germany struggle in the beginning. Their regular midfielder Ben Wess is unavailable due to disciplinary action from the European Championships and they appear to be missing him.
Korea's first goal comes from a defensive error in the circle. Hyo Sik You attacked along the baseline from the right and attempts to pass it to Soo Kyuk Yang who is waiting in front of the goal but before it reaches him it deflects off a German stick and into the goal. 1 - nil Korea.
Consecutive penalty corners fail to add to the score for Korea however it does seem to add some spark to the German side and moments later they earn a penalty corner of their own. Only three outstanding saves during the corner by Myung Ho Lee, the Korean keeper maintains the scoreline. First he stops a drag flick with his glove on his right, on the ground he manages to pivot to make a second save on the left the stretches out to deflect the third over the back line with his stick.
It finally (twenty five minutes later) takes a piece of absolute brilliance from Mattias Witthaus to beat the Korean keeper who collects a pass on the back line on the left, draws the keeper out and he flicks it into the top of the goal. 1 All.
Korea get off to a bad start in the second half. Three minutes in Seung Il Lee deliberately uses the back of his stick in the 25 because of this he is shown a yellow card and sent off for five minutes, Germany are then awarded a penalty corner. The corner sees Montag flick it to the top right of the net which is impossible to stop. 2 - 1 Germany.
The next 13 minutes are all Germany. Korea's offense and defense are under constant pressure as the Germans look for a turnover but as the clock ticks over into the 52nd minute Korea suddenly step it up a gear and find themselves in the German circle and after some scrambling play Jong Ho Seo slams into the backboard. 2 - All
This basically signaled the opening of the floodgates. The German's just couldn't match the speed of the Korean attack.
In the 57th minute a penalty corner is awarded after Montag bumps Nam Lee off the ball in his own circle. A German player breaks before the push out is taken and under the experimental rules he has to retreat to the halfway line, leaving the Germans with only four defenders. Play resumes and Hyun Nam cracks in the conversion. 3 - 2 Korea
In the last five minutes the German keeper Jessalut illegally brings down Korean striker Young Jin Kim in the circle and after reviewing the video a penalty stroke was awarded. Nam Lee slots past the keeper low and to the left. 4 - 2 Korea
Then to rub salt into the wound one minute later Korea bring the ball in from a long corner. It is run along the base line and a shot is offered. Jessalut clears the ball out into the middle of the field but straight to a blue shirt. The ball is fired back into the circle where a deflection sees it into the goal. 5 - 2 Korea.

I said in a previous post that Korea always manage an upset each tournament and here it is again. Their speed and fitness is what helped them overcome the solid German defense at the end. The how can you not mention Myung Ho Lee the Korean Keeper. The sequence of 3 consecutive saves on one penalty corner was outstanding and for that I am giving him my man of the match.

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