Korea claim first OQT final berth; Chile get morale edge over Ukraine

Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament – day five
Korea 5 (H-S Lee, J-H Jang 2, M-H Jung, J-H Seo) Russia 1 (N Yankun)

Korea eased into the final of the men’s Olympic qualifiers as two early goals killed off the tie as a contest with plenty of time to spare. Hyo Sik You netted his third goal in two games with a classy reverse in the tenth minute and Jong Hyun Jang’s drag-flick two minutes later had Korea on easy street against a disinterested looking Russian side.

They recovered some semblance of life as time wore on but Korea had the sharper edge throughout and Man Jae Jung added the third from a fast-paced counter. Initially, he horribly miscued his first shot but grabbed the ball again and delightfully looped a flick over Roman Rogov.

Skipper Jong Ho Seo had plenty of opportunities and eventually made one count in the 44th minute, unmarked mid-circle to crack home, and Jang got his second of the day to make it five from another corner. He was standing in for hand injury victim Hyun Woo Nam on the flicking duties and brought his tally to five for the tournament – joining three others on that mark.

Nikolay Yankun pulled one back with 13 minutes to go from a corner while Pavel Golubev and Sergey Komarov both went close a couple of times but Korea were safe in the knowledge of a final berth.

Korea: M-H Lee, D-K Oh, N-Y Lee, S-I Lee, S-H Yoon, H-S You, H-S Hyun, J-B Cha, E-S Hong, Y-J Kim, J-H Jang
Subs: J-H Seo (c), W-K Yeo, M-J Jung, S-H Cho, M-K Kang

Russia: R Rogov, E Mokrousov, K Nikitin, S Kostarev, A Zhirkov, D Volkov, P Golubev, N Yankun, I Loginov, N Komarov, A Platonov
Subs: M Gafarov, A Lykov, A Godenkov, T Nikolaev, S Matkovskiy

Chile 4 (M Rodriguez 2, A Berzcely, L-F Montegu) Ukraine 2 (O Polishchuk 2)
Chile took the mental advantage going into Sunday’s fifth place playoff as they came from a goal down to beat Ukraine in a lively performance.

Two beautiful Oleh Polishchuk goals had the eastern European side 2-1 up after 24 minutes, counter-acting Martin Rodriguez’ early opener. The first was a real contender for goal of the tournament, a diving reverse from the right edge of the circle while the second was a neat push on his back-hand from a left-wing cross.

But Chile were red-hot in the second period. Luis-Felipe Montegu levelled for a second time barely seconds after the interval with a delightful finish. Rodriguez got his second with the final touch to a corner move.

And the clincher came from Alexis Berzcely with a calm, mid-circle push with 11 minutes to go. In between, Andres Fuenzalida had a memorable game on the post at defensive corners, taking three off the line to ensure Chile stayed well clear.

Ukraine: V Kurbatov, V Paziuk, R Pashovskyy, D Luppa, D Nosenko, L Moroz, A Ozerskyi, O Diachenko, A Popovchenko, O Andreyev, O Polishchuk
Subs: V Buriatynskyi, S Diachuk, M Yasinskyi, A Gerasymenko, V Bondarchuk
Chile: M Anwandter, A Fuenzalida, J Zirpel, L-F Montegu, C Rodriguez, M Rodriguez, A Berzcely, S Richter, F Binder, R Garces, J Richter
Subs: J-P Purcell, J Zarhi, I Gajardo, J Berzcely, R Achondo

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