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Korea ends England hopes in field hockey

Korea’s Lee Seung-hoon (left) is challenged by England defenders. (AP-Yonhap News)
Korea’s Lee Seung-hoon (left) is challenged by England defenders. (AP-Yonhap News)
LONDON (AFP) ― England’s chances of winning the London Cup ended with a 5-4 defeat by South Korea here on Wednesday.

Both sides had to win after first round losses to stand a chance of making it through to the final and it was the visitors who enjoyed a narrow victory.

England saw first-half goals from Jonty Clarke and captain Barry Middleton canceled by Lee Nam-yong’s double to ensure the teams remained all square at halftime at 2-2. The home side forged a 4-2 lead through Mark Pearn and a second goal from Middleton but let it slip as Lee completed his hat-trick and Jang Jong-hyun tied the game at 4-4.
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