India Eye Outright Win In opposition to Korea To E-book Asia Cup Last Berth | Hockey Information


Defending champions India would search for an outright win in opposition to South Korea of their closing Tremendous 4 round-robin league match to ebook their place within the closing of the Asia Cup males’s hockey match on Tuesday. India had virtually clinched a spot within the title conflict on Sunday earlier than Razie Rahim turned out to be Malaysia’s saviour with a hat-trick in an enthralling 3-3 draw of their second ‘Tremendous 4’ encounter.

India had earlier defeated Japan 2-1 of their first match on Saturday.

Because the Tremendous 4’s desk stands, South Korea with a purpose distinction of +2 (5-3) are on prime with India (GD) of +1 (5-4) are positioned second.

Japan with two defeats are out of the reckoning whereas Malaysia (GD) 0 (5-5) have an out of doors probability if they’ll beat Japan by a complete margin (minimal 2 objectives) supplied India and South Korea match ends in a draw.

However come Tuesday, the Indians would look to keep away from the permutations and mixtures with an outright win over the Koreans.

Nonetheless, it will be simpler stated than achieved because the Koreans regarded a very completely different facet within the Suer 4s, having drawn 2-2 in opposition to Malaysia after which beating Japan 3-1.

The Indians too upped their recreation by leaps and bounds after their first two pool video games.

India not solely achieved an inconceivable job of beating hosts Indonesia by greater than 15-goal margin of their final pool match to qualify for the Tremendous 4s but additionally eked out a detailed 2-1 win over Japan, who defeated them 2-5 within the preliminary phases.

In opposition to Malaysia on Sunday, the Indians made valiant fightback and got here from two objectives down to steer 3-2 within the closing quarter earlier than Rahim transformed a penalty nook from the ultimate hooter to grab the win from India’s palms, which might have sealed their place within the summit conflict.

The Indian ahead line regarded spectacular with the likes of Uttam Singh, SV Sunil and Pawan Rajbhar shinning brightly with their industrious play.

The truth is, it was Sunil, who scored a tremendous purpose in opposition to Malaysia from an acute angle after Rajbhar set it up for the previous together with his highly effective play within the midfield.

The truth is, the Indians created quite a few possibilities however the strikers did not get the decisive contact within the closing third, an space which head coach Sardar Singh would need his boys to enhance.

The mid-field fared properly to date however it’s the Birendra Lakra-led back-line which wants to drag up its socks as they conceded pointless penalty corners from which the Malaysians benefited.

Suraj Karkera has been spectacular below the Indian goalpost, making quite a few saves together with his alertness and positioning.

However in opposition to the Koreans the Indians must be at their greatest as their opponents are recognized for brisk counterattacks.


In the meantime within the different Tremendous 4 match of the day, Japan will play Malaysia.

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