The Netherlands beat South Korea in the World Cup hockey series and advanced to the semi-finals

The Netherlands advanced to the semi-finals of the Hockey World Cup after defeating South Korea. Bhubaneswar and Rourkela in Odisha are hosting the Hockey World Cup. A total of 16 teams were divided into 4 groups and the competition was held. The top teams in each division advanced directly to the quarterfinals. In that way Australia, Belgium, Netherlands and England teams directly went to the quarter finals. Spain, New Zealand, South Korea and Germany qualified for the quarter-finals in the cross-over round.

Australia beat Spain in the first quarter-final yesterday and Belgium advanced to the semi-finals after defeating New Zealand in the second quarter-final. Germany entered the semi-finals after knocking out strong England in today’s 3rd quarter-final match. Subsequently, the 4th quarter-final match was held between the Netherlands and South Korea teams. The match had raised expectations as South Korea beat a strong Argentina side in the cross-over round.

Neither team scored in the first quarter. In the 2nd quarter, Brinkman’s pass from the Netherlands team was converted into a goal by Bijen to give the team a 1-0 lead. Bijen scored another goal in the 3rd quarter. In the next few minutes, Kim Jones scored another brilliant goal to give the Netherlands a 3-0 lead. The Netherlands scored 2 goals and South Korea scored 1 goal in the last quarter to end the game 5-1 to the Netherlands. Netherlands, Australia, Germany and Belgium have qualified for the Hockey World Cup semi-finals after yesterday and today’s matches.

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