South Korea stunned 2016 Olympic champions Argentina in a penalty shootout to reach the quarterfinals, while Germany also reached the last eight after an easy 5-1 win over France at the FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar on Monday. The South Koreans, who finished third in Pool B, won 3-2 in a penalty shootout after the sides were locked 5-5 in regulation in an entertaining and high-scoring crossover match at a near-full Kalinga Stadium.
They rode on an inspired performance from their 38-year-old veteran Jang Jonghyun, who converted two penalty corners.
Veteran captain Lee Nam-yong, 39, was also among the scorers as he scored the equalizer in the 56th minute, while Kim Sunghyun (18th) and Jeong Junwoo (20th) scored the other goals for the South Koreans.
Nicolas Keenan (21st and 47th minutes) as well as Nicolas Della Torre (24th and 41st) scored twice for Argentina and Maico Casella (8th minute) scored another in stoppage time.
South Korea remains the only Asian country in the quarter-finals and will face Pool C leaders the Netherlands on Wednesday.
Argentina will play against Chile in their 9th to 16th classification match in Rourkela on January 26.
Earlier in the day, Germany scored three goals in the second quarter to beat France 5-1 in their crossover match to advance to the quarterfinals.
Marko Miltkau (15th minute) put Germany ahead with a field goal in the first quarter followed by a three-goal burst in the second minute.
Nicklas Wellen (19th), Mats Grambusch (23rd) and Moritz Trompertz (25th) were on target in the second quarter.
Gonzalo Peillat (60th), who previously represented Argentina, scored from the penalty spot in the last minute of the match. Germany received as many as nine penalty corners from which they scored twice. Germany, who finished second behind defending champions Belgium, will face Pool D leaders England in the quarter-finals here on Wednesday.
Francois Goet (57th) was the lone scorer for France, who exited the tournament in third place in Pool A. They also had nine turnovers — seven coming 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 classification match in Rourkela on January 26.
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