HOCKEY / JUNIOR ASIA CUP: Koreans smash five past Iran
SOUTH Korea moved into the semi-finals of the Junior Asia Cup when they thrashed Iran 5-1 in Group A at the MBM Stadium in Malacca yesterday.
A semi-final appearance in Malacca is much sought after, because if Junior World Cup hosts India also qualify for the semi-finals from Group B, all four teams will head for New Delhi next year.
South Korea's goals were scored by Yang Jihun (sixth, 28th), Kim Jung Hoo (12th), Lee Jung Jun (25th), You Seungju (44th). The Iranian goal came from Navid Taheirirad (50th).
In Group B, India and Pakistan played to a 2-2 draw, handing the advantage to Pakistan who only need to defeat Sri Lanka while India have a tougher match against China today (Monday).
China had the better of Sri Lanka in an earlier match, winning 5-0.
Pakistan's goals came from Muhammad Dibler (fifth) and Muhammad Irfan (39th), while India's scorers were Amit Rohidass (25th) and Akashdeep (61st).
China got their five goals off Guo Lei (second, 50th), Tu Yuanlin (21st, 59th) and Wang Xiaowei (29th).