Netherlands in semis despite loss to South Korea

NEW DELHI: The Netherlands have advanced to the semifinals 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 semifinals 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.