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Koreans march on with big win over Argentina

09 October 2016

The Republic of Korea continued their winning ways by snatching another victory in the group stage defeating Argentina 68-42. The high-scoring thriller was also the debut game for the South American team in the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup. At the beginning of the first half, the Koreans clearly dominated with plenty of successful raids and tackles culminating in Tae Beom Kim getting the first super raid of the evening. Argentina’s Franco Castro stood out as he bagged 10 points by the end of the game in which he had nine successful raids. 

Argentina was absent up until the 4th minute when their first point came in the form of Eugenio ‘Pipi’ Petermann’s tackle. The Koreans put up their aggressive foot first as they decimated the opposition and got them all-out twice in under 10 minutes of the game. Argentina crumbled under pressure and gave away easy points by the end of the first half. The scoreline read 43-11 in Republic of Korea’s favour as they crushed Argentina by inflicting 4 all-outs on them. 

But kabaddi can be an unpredictable sport and one can expect the unexpected. Nothing proved this more than Argentina’s venture into the second half where they had an auspicious start through Nahuel ‘Villa’ Villamayor‘s successful raid. What followed was a series of surprises which Argentina had promised ahead of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup and they picked up pace from there, turning the game into their favour and inflicting 2 all-outs on the Asian side. The first 10 minutes of the second half belonged to the Argentines as they almost knocked on the Koreans’ door, closing the gap 51-32. In those 10 minutes, the South Americans managed to nail 15 precious points off their opponents.

Despite a brave display of talent from the Argentinian side, it was Republic of Korea which stood their ground and claimed the win. With just few minutes of play left, both teams had used up their substitutions and exhausted their players. The Koreans bagged it in the end with a massive 68 points in response to Argentina’s spirited 42.

With this win, Republic of Korea go to the top of the Group A table with 10 points but have a formidable Bangladesh up next on October 13. Argentina go up against Australia on October 12 and will hope to display the same pluck, albeit with a different end result. For the complete breakdown of Republic of Korea vs Argentina match stats, visit our MatchCentre.