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Updated: March 9, 2010 20:30 IST

The Netherlands advances to semifinals despite loss

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The Netherlands' Ronald Brouwer celebrates after scoring against South Korea in New Delhi on Tuesday. Photo: AP
AP The Netherlands' Ronald Brouwer celebrates after scoring against South Korea in New Delhi on Tuesday. Photo: AP

The Netherlands have advanced to the semi-finals of the field hockey World Cup despite losing to South Korea 2-1 on Tuesday.

The Netherlands had a better goal difference than South Korea, which will miss its first semi-finals in three World Cups.

The Dutch will play Pool B winner Australia on Thursday, while Pool A winner Germany will meet England in the other semi.

The Koreans face Spain in a playoff for fifth.

Ronald Brouwer opened the scoring for The Netherlands in the first minute. South Korea hit back through Nam Hyun-woo’s penalty corner in the 32nd, and won on a field goal by Seo Jong-ho in the 45th.

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