"Day 7 of the Men's Hero Hockey Junior World Cup in India and it's the first of the 5th and 8th Playoff games with Belgium taking on Korea. Just a day after been booted of contention in the quarter-finals, it was a difficult match for both teams, especially for European Champions Belgium, widely expected to go all the way in this Junior World Cup.
The First Half was all Belgium as they dominated most of the chances. Finally they got there first goal when they were awarded a Penalty Corner and Alexander Hendrickx was on hand to dragflick it into the net and at the breaks it stayed 1-0 to Belgium.
The Second Half, Belgium kept up their momentum and added a second when Maxime Plennevaux was unleashed into the D and went for a shot which originally hit off a Korean defender but was deemed later a goal for Plennevaux, a scrappy goal to say the least but it put Belgium 2-0 up. Soon after Belgium added the 3rd goal with a superb team move and Mathew Cobbaert was on hand to slot it into the net. Belgium were on such a high and dominated the game and saw their 4th and 5h goal added to the scoreboard with Gaetan Perez & Maxime Capelle adding their names to goal scorer list. Korea at this time were struggling to get the ball into the D, but were awarded a Penalty Corner and capitalised when NAM Yunseon scored a consolation goal for Korea. However Belgium sealed the win when Dorian Thiery finished it off with an exquisite chip over the keeper and the final score was 6-1 to Belgium.
1 FLAMAND (GK), 2 GRYSPEERDT (GK), 3 CAPELLE, 4 van DOREN, 5 ROMBOUTS, 7 van LINTHOUDT, 8 CUVELIER, 9 PLENNEVAUX, 10 MASSON, 11 DALLA PALMA, 12 THIERY, 13 MASSO, 14 ZIMMER, 15 STOCKBROEKX, 16 HENDRICKX, 17 COBBAERT (C), 19 PEREZ and 20 van DAM.
"Day 7 of the Men's Hero Hockey Junior World Cup in India and it's the first of the Semi-Finals as we see Malaysia take one France.
The First Half started brightly for the only Asian team left in the Semi-Finals as they took the lead from a beautifully worked team goal and Azri Hassan slotting the ball into the net. Great delivery by Helmi Jali, France will disappointed letting the goal in. France came close straight after when the ball was sent into the D but Hugo Genestet was unable to connect with the ball. Although France was close to getting back in the game multiple of times, it was still 1-0 Malaysia at the break.
The Second Half, both teams played it very cautious and defending well, stopping each other from creating any chances. Hugo Genestet had a great chance with a penalty corner but Hafizuddin Othman (GK) was on hand to pal the shot away. Hafizuddin Othman (GK) was there again when Simon Martin Brisac made space in the D to flick the ball in the net but was superbly saved.
However it took till the 7th minute when France managed to break down a strong Malaysian Defence and grab an equaliser. A ball from outside the D from Cristoforo Peters-Deutz was met in the D by Jean-Laurent Kieffer who deflected it for the equaliser 1-1 the game was destined now for penalties. France had the chance to gain the lead when Viktor Lockwood chance was saved by Hafizuddin Othman (GK) who palmed it away. Final Hooter meant that Penalties would decide the outcome of this Semi-Final.
So at the Penalty Shootout France 2-1 up and it was up to Shahril Saabah to score and he hit the shot wide which meant that France just had to score and it would send them into the final. Hugo Genestet was the man chosen for the winning penalty and they did, after going 1-0 down in the game they dominated created most of the chances and sealed it after winning the Penalty Shootout.
France have now booked there place in the final while Malaysia will hold their heads high and compete for a 3rd and 4th playoff match.
1 SAMSON, 2 van STRAATEN, 4 van STRAATEN, 6 KIEFFER, 7 GENESTET, 8 MARTIN BRISAC,
9 COISNE, 10 LOCKWOOD, 11 BAUMGARTEN, 14 FENAERT, 16 DERONT (C), 17 PETERS-DEUTZ, 18 FORGUES, 20 CHARLET, 23 FOURCROY, 24 PONTHIEU, 31 REYNAUD (GK), and 32 SAUNIER (GK).
1 SOBRI Hazrul (GK), 5 GAFFAR Aqmal, 6 ZAINOL Hafiz, 7 SAARI Fitri (C), 8 HASAN Azuan, 9 NAZLI Irwan, 10 ASHARI Firhan, 11 BAHAROM Rashid, 12 MOHD YUSOF Syamim, 13 SAMSUL Haziq, 14 van HUIZEN Joel, 15 SAABAH Shahril, 16 OTHMAN Hafizuddin (GK), 17 JAMALUDDIN Hakimi, 18 GOVINDASAMY Kartik, 19 HASSAN Azri 4, 28 HASHIM Zulhairi and 30 JALI Helmi.
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