The Netherlands beat South Korea 5-1 to reach the semi-finals of the 2023 FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup. The Netherlands will face reigning world champions Belgium in Friday’s semi-final in a rematch of the 2018 World Cup final.
South Korea surprised many by defeating Argentina in the final round in a shootout to face the Netherlands. In a pre-match interview, Dutch head coach Jeron Delmy admitted that he expected to meet the Argentinian.
The match got off to an exciting start, with South Korea proving to be a much more challenging opponent than the Netherlands had previously faced in this tournament. Terance Pieters gave the Dutch team their first big chance in the match, but the South Korean keeper saved the try. South Korea took an almost surprise lead after a dangerous cross from Sunghyun Kim was knocked just outside the goal by Derck de Vilder.
Dutch captain Thierry Brinkmann got up when his team needed him the most, dribbling past two players before putting the ball in the center, with Cohen Biggen reacting fastest and gave the lead to Delmy’s team.
The match was suspended with two and a half minutes remaining in the first half after a shot from a South Korean corner was directed into the referee’s face. After a break of several minutes, a substitute referee took his place.
Vijen scored two just after halftime after again reacting fastest to tapping shots. With nine-and-a-half minutes remaining in the third quarter, the Netherlands began to leave South Korea behind, with Justen Bullock scoring the second goal for the team after making it 3–0 with a superb pass from Zip Jansen.
The Dutchman’s fourth goal is credited to Steijn van Heijningen, but even the 25-year-old understands there was an element of luck. His cross was knocked into the South Korean net by an opposition defender. bottom. Inwoo See controlled the ball well before he shot past Pirmin Blaak in the Dutch goal.
However, the Dutch scored the final goal of the match as Teun Beins scored five from a corner ball. They play Belgium in Bhubaneswar on Friday. Belgium defeated the Netherlands in her 2018 World Cup final after a shootout.