India :In a Super 4s encounter against South Korea on Tuesday, the young Indian hockey team produced some remarkable and fast-paced hockey. But an outright victory escaped them as a 4-4 draw forced them out of the Asia Cup title chase.
Following Malaysia’s 5-0 win against Japan earlier in the day, an outright victory became a requirement for India to qualify for the summit match.
In the Super 4 stage, India, Malaysia, and Korea all finished with five points. However the Birendra Lakra-led team fell short on goal difference.
Nilam Sanjeep Xess (9th minute), Dipsan Tirkey (21st minute), Mahesh Sheshe Gowda (22nd minute), and Shakthivel Mareeswaran (37th minute) scored for India. While Jang Jonghyun (13th minute), Ji Woo Cheon (18th minute), and Kim JungHoo scored for Korea.
Jung Manjae (28th) and (44th).
On Wednesday, Korea will play Malaysia in the final, while India will face Japan in the third-fourth place classification match.
In the first quarter, it was a midfield brawl between the two teams, with both India and Korea attempting to gain the upper hand.
In the second minute, India earned a penalty corner, but Korean goalkeeper Jaehyeon Kim saved Nilam Sanjeep Xess’ shot.
However, following India’s second penalty corner, Nilam scored with a low flick to the right bottom corner of the Korean net past Kim in the ninth minute.
India gave up a penalty corner two minutes into the first quarter. And Jang Jonghyun hit the target to tie the game for Korea.
Five minutes later, Korea made it 2-1. When Ji Woo Cheon picked his position after being passed by Jungjun Lee following a defensive blunder by Pawan Rajbhar inside his own circle.
Three minutes later, India equalised when Dipsan Tirkey converted the team’s third penalty corner. A minute later, Mahesh Sheshe Gowda recovered the advantage by converting Vishnukant Singh’s counter-attacking pass.
Korea earned another penalty corner, but the Indians were able to stop Jang this time.
Kim JungHoo equalised for Korea two minutes before halftime with a beautiful field goal from an extreme angle. The teams went into the break tied 3-3.
In the 37th minute, India went all out and recovered their lead through an unmarked Shakthivel Mareeswaran. Who tapped in a cross from Sheshe Gowda on the right wing.
Uttam Singh missed a sitter in the 42nd minute. He failed to connect with Rajkumar’s cross in front of an open goal.
Three minutes into the third quarter, India paid the price for Yashdeep Siwach’s yellow card. Which resulted in a five-minute ban, as Korea equalised when Manjae Jung deflected in a long pass from midfield.
Karthi Selvam came within 27 seconds of giving India the win. Korean goalkeeper Kim Jaehyeon made a double save to deny the title holders a last-gasp winner.