Spain v Korea Olympic Qualifier Match 1 Review

10.26.2019
Juan Budes
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Spain began the match in control of the ball but Korea looked well organized at the back with a strong defense. The game continued with not many scoring chances for both teams. In the minute 19th, and thanks to a penalty-corner appealed to the video umpire, Jang Heesun made the first goal for Korea in a drag-flick move into the bottom left corner of the Spanish goal. Just minutes after putting her team ahead, Jang is forced to leave the field for treatment when an attempted Spanish cross hits the defender in the body. In the minute 23rd, in a very-well managed moved, Belen Iglesias, leveled the score with a goal for Spain. The Red Sticks went full-speed against the opponent’s field but struggled to score again finishing the 1st half 1-1.

In second-half Spain started empowered and in a very well executed penalty-corner they scored their 2nd goal. Lola Reira’s drag-flicked from the top of the circle putting the Red Sticks ahead in the game. Marta Segu missed a goal chance in a fine backhand strike that flashed across the face of the Korean goal just before the end of the last quarter. In the final fifteen minutes, two new penalty-corners for the Spanish girls were blocked once again by the Korean defense. The match continued with the Red Sticks in possession of the ball and finished with Spain comfortably beating Korea 2-1. The European girls have the upper-hand for tomorrow’s decisive day.

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