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South Korea Holds Off New Zealand at Azlan Shah Field Hockey


Asian Games men's field hockey champions South Korea have defeated New Zealand, 6-4, and kept alive their chances of reaching the finals of the Sultan Azlan Shah tournament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The Kiwis jumped out to an early lead, scoring twice in the first five minutes. New Zealand was leading 3-1 by the 20th minute but the Koreans were able to even the score by the second half and take the lead in the 40th minute.

New Zealand tied the match in the 42nd minute, but South Korea's You Hyo-sik and Seo Jong-ho were able to give their country the lead to stay.

The result gives South Korea 10 points from five matches. South Korea needs a win over South Africa Friday to have a chance of making the finals. Pakistan leads the standings with 13 points from five matches and needs only a draw against host country Malaysia Friday to seal a place in the final. Australia could also make the final with a win over India.

Some information for this report provided by AP.