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Dutch Dominate South Koreans, 5-0

By Mike Corder
The Associated Press
Saturday, June 20, 1998; 5:11 p.m. EDT




MARSEILLE, France — The Netherlands powered to the top of its World Cup group with a 5-0 beating of South Korea on Saturday that put the Koreans out of the championship.

Phillip Cocu and Marc Overmars fired the Netherlands into a 2-0 halftime lead before Dennis Bergkamp, Pierre van Hooydonk and Ronald de Boer added three more in the last 18 minutes as the Dutch posted the biggest score of this World Cup.

Now they need only a tie with Mexico on Thursday to gain a place in the last 16. The Koreans, who will co-host the 2002 World Cup with Japan, became the second team to go out, along with Saudi Arabia. They still haven't won a game in five appearances.

South Korea nearly took the lead, but Edgar Davids rescued the Dutch defense. Seo Jung-wan turned Aron Winter around and raced for the goal, but Davids dashed back to tackle the Korean forward before he could shoot.

Then the Dutch found the range.

Bergkamp, starting a game for the first time since mid-April, slipped a short pass to Cocu just outside the Korean area and looked for the return pass. With the defense watching Bergkamp's run, Cocu moved into space on the edge of the box and fired a low, left-footed shot past Kim Byung-ji from 20 yards.

Five minutes later, it was 2-0 when the Dutch broke out of their area and Bergkamp lost possession near the center line, only for Wim Jonk to win the ball back. The Dutch had a 3-on-2 advantage as they broke downfield and Jonk fed Overmars on the left. He beat defender Choi Sung-jong and fired a low, shot home from 15 yards.

The Dutch needed a third goal to move atop the group and fired shot after shot at the Korean goal. Winter pushed a pass through to Bergkamp just outside the area and he shrugged off a challenge from Lee Min-sung before shooting past the keeper.

Van Hooydonk came in for Bergkamp and scored within 60 seconds. Overmars crossed from the left and the tall striker was unchallenged as he ran in to head it in from close range.

The final goal, in the 83rd minute, came when Jonk ended a five-man move with a pass to de Boer, who side-stepped a defender before firing home.

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