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Spain beat Korea to finish fifth

March 12, 2010 22:48 IST

- 12th Men's Hockey World Cup

Olympic silver medallists Spain ended their hockey World Cup campaign on a high, defeating Asian champions Korea 2-0 to finish fifth in the mega-event and qualify for this year's Champions Trophy.

With Friday's victory, Spain kept their slate clean in the fifth-sixth classification match in the World Cup, having won four in as many appearances.

The victory also extended the Spaniards head-to-head record against Korea.

The teams had earlier met once in the tournament in the bronze medal play-off match in last World Cup in Monchengladbach, where the European side emerged victorious.

In the day's other classification matches, India's lost 2-4 to Argentina and were consigned to eighth place, while New Zealand scored in the last minute of regulation time and then held their nerve to beat South Africa 9-8 via the sudden death penalty shoot-out to finish ninth. The team's were locked 4-4 after full-time and extra-time.

Experienced striker Pol Amat scored both the goals (first minute, 32nd), including the second fastest goal in the history of the game to hand Spain a comfortable win at the floodlit Major Dhyn Chand National stadium.

Amat's goal within the first 22 seconds of the match is the second fastest goal in history of the game after India's Ajit Singh, who achieved the feat in 11 seconds against Argentina during the 1976 Montreal Olympics.