South Korea defeated pool leaders Malaysia in the penultimate game of the hockey group stage.

South Korea’s Lee Nam-young celebrates after scoring his second goal against Malaysia during the Hangzhou Asian Games men’s pool B hockey match in Hangzhou, China, on Saturday. [REUTERS/YONHAP]

The South Korean men’s hockey team defeated Malaysia 4-3 in a tight Pool B match on Saturday at GSP Stadium in Hangzhou, China, taking second place in their group with one game remaining.

The match against 2018 runner-up Malaysia was an eventful match. After trailing 1-1 in the first quarter, Korea fell behind by one point in the second quarter, but recovered in the third quarter to tie the score, and took the match in the fourth quarter.

With the win, South Korea, whose last medal in men’s hockey was bronze in 2014, moves into second place in Pool B with one match remaining. In Asian Games hockey, only the top two teams from each pool qualify for the qualifiers.

Malaysia led Pool B with 3 wins and 1 loss, trailing South Korea only on goal difference. China are in third place, also with nine points and a much lower goal difference, but at the time of writing they have one game left.

South Korea have one Pool B match remaining as they face Oman on Monday. A win in this match will be crucial as both China and Malaysia are in fierce competition for the two playoff spots in Pool B.

China and Malaysia have yet to play each other, and that matchup, which could decide South Korea’s fate, is scheduled for Monday.

Written by Jim Bouley [jim.bulley@joongang.co.kr]

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