Asian Cup of Hockey: India play an intense 4-4 draw against Korea, to face Japan in the tie for the bronze medal

India’s men’s hockey team missed a chance to reach the Hero Asia Cup 2022 final after playing out a 4-4 draw against Korea at the GBK Sports Complex Hockey Stadium here on Tuesday. With Korea and Malaysia leading on goal difference in the Super 4 pool table, India needed to win the game to reach the final. The contest went all the way with India fighting until the final whistle.

Nilam Sanjeep Xess (9′), Maninder Singh (21′), Sheshe Gowda BM (37′) and Mareeswaran Shakthivel (37′) scored the goals for India, while Jang Jonghyun (13′), Ji Woo Cheon (18′), Kim Jung Hoo (28′) and Jung Manjae (44′) scored Korea’s goals in a tight competition. India will face Japan in the bronze medal game on Wednesday.

The match started with an attacking move from India as Dipsan Tirkey came from the left flanks to pass the ball to Pawan Rajbhar inside the circle. But the Korean defense was quick to deflect the danger.

A penalty corner opportunity taken minutes later by Nilam Sanjeep Xess was again well defended by Korea, but India continued to threaten from the right channel. Nilam Sanjeep Xess received another scoring chance from a CP a few minutes later, and this time he converted to give India a 1-0 lead. But Korea immediately equalized with Jang Jonghyun scoring on a CP before the end of the first quarter.

India immediately launched an attacking move in the second quarter with Dipsan Tirkey hitting a shot on target, only to be saved by Korea goalkeeper Kim Jaehyeon. Ji Woo Cheon doubled Korea’s lead, hitting India goalkeeper Suraj Karkera from close range. Maninder Singh equalized a few minutes later, scoring a rebound from a penalty corner.

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A counter-attacking move from India stunned the Korean defense as Sheshe Gowda BM put the ball in the net to put India back in front. Kim Jung Hoo equalized again, scoring from an awkward angle, as the match ended at halftime with India 3-3 Korea.

India started the second half cautiously, retaining possession early in the third quarter. The Korean defense was again caught off guard in the 37th minute when Sheshe Gowda BM delivered an excellent cross inside the circle for Mareeswaran Shakthivel, who tapped the ball into the net to give India a lead of 4-3. Jung Manjae leveled the score after kicking the ball past Suraj Karkera, and the match went to the final quarter with the score tied at 4-4.

India immediately sewed up an attacking move in the final quarter with Vishnukant Singh passing the ball to Karthi Selvam inside the circle. But Karthi’s cross to SV Sunil in front of goal has just passed the Indian veteran.

As the clock began to tick down, India began to show urgency in attack, while Korea sat deep in their half to defend India’s attacking chains. India had the chance to score a late goal in the last minute when Pawan Rajbhar sent a long pass inside the circle to Uttam Singh. But the Indian player couldn’t put his stick on the ball and the match ended in a draw.

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