Britain Hold Australia, Korea Stun Belgium in Champions Trophy Hockey
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London: Hosts Great Britain held reigning world champions Australia to a goalless draw on the opening day of the 36th Champions Trophy hockey tournament here.
British goalkeeper George Pinner held his ground as they defended nine penalty corners to keep Australia at bay and split two points at the Lee Valley Hockey Centre last night.
Meanwhile, South Korea produced the first big upset of the tournament with a 2-0 victory over Belgium, who dominated the encounter.
Under pressure for most of the match from the fast-switching Belgians, the Koreans capitalised on breakaway moves and were rewarded with two goals at the other end of the pitch.
The Yang Yi-hun converted a penalty corner in the 26th minute to give South Korea the lead against the run of play.
Helped by Belgium's wayward shooting, the Koreans retained the lead by crowding their own circle.
Jung man-jae's flash strike in the 43rd minute extended South Korea's lead and dashed Belgium's hopes of bouncing back.
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