Fighting spirit sees GB through against Korea

Great Britain battled back from 2-0 down to seal their place in Sunday's fifth place playoff against Germany courtesy of a 4-3 victory over Korea in Auckland.

Having enjoyed the better of the first half, Great Britain found themselves behind at half time after You Hyo-Sik's close range goal four minutes before the break. And despite a series of British penalty corners, it was Korea who extended their lead ten minutes into the second period with a deflection from Seo Hong-Yo.

But Great Britain fought back through Surbiton's James Tindall, who deflected home Barry Middleton's cross from the right before East Grinstead's Ashley Jackson made it 2-2 with a penalty corner.

Tindall then scored with a shot from the left inside the near post to put Great Britain ahead for the first time in the match but Korea equalised a minute later with a penalty stroke. Great Britain appealed against the decision to award the stroke but it stood and Nam Hyun-Woo send Cannock goalkeeper James Fair the wrong way.

A draw was still enough for Great Britain to secure a place in the fifth place playoff but East Grinstead's Mark Pearn earned the victory in the final minutes with a confortable goal following a defensive mix-up.

Great Britain will now play Germany for fifth place - the same position as GB's world ranking. That match takes place at 00:05 GMT Sunday (13:05 local time Sunday).

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