Asian Champions Trophy 2016, Highlights: India defeat South Korea 5-4 in shoot-out

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Asian Champions Trophy 2016, Highlights: India defeat South Korea 5-4 in shoot-out
  • 17:48 (IST)

    That's all from Kuantan. Thanks for following our live coverage of the semi-final! India emerge victorious after a tense shoot-out.

  • 17:42 (IST)

    India will now face the winner of the next semi-final being played between Pakistan and hosts Malaysia.
     
    India are into their third final overall at the Asian Champions Trophy! 
     

  • 17:41 (IST)

    At the end of the regulation time, scores were 2-2. India enter the Asian Champions Trophy 2016 final, beating Korea 5-4 in the penalty shoot-out.

  • 17:27 (IST)

    India have Ramandeep Singh, Akashdeep, Rupinder Pal, Birendra Lakra and Sardar Singh.

    Sardar Singh is taking the first penalty. 

  • 17:26 (IST)

    Sundeep Misra from Malaysia: Teams are getting ready for the shoot-out.

  • 17:25 (IST)

    FULL TIME! It ends 2-2 between India and South Korea at the end of regulation time. The winner will be decided by a penalty shoot-out. 

  • 17:22 (IST)

    It's down to less than a minute. South Korea on the attack.

  • 17:21 (IST)

    Sardar, Akashdeep and then Nikkin...but the shot goes out. Close shave for South Korea as India almost snatched the lead there.

  • 17:20 (IST)

    And the video referral is over-turned. Free hit to South Korea.

  • 17:18 (IST)

    Sundeep Misra from Malaysia: Four minutes left in the match. Scores are 2-2.
     
    Any team getting a goal now will have the upper hand in closing out the match.
     
    India are asking for a video referral.

  • 17:18 (IST)

    GOAL! Sardar pulls off the move of the match and passes to Ramandeep, who doesn't make a mistake and scores.

    India have the equaliser! It's 2-2.

  • 17:17 (IST)

    India only have themselves to blame for missing having the ball in front of the goalkeeper. 
     
    India have their 4th penalty corner. They have to score to equalise. It's an indirect but the deflection doesn't come off. 

  • 17:14 (IST)

    GOAL! Yang Jihun puts South Korea ahead. Sreejesh is beaten by a low flick.
     
    South Korea lead with around 7 minutes remaining. 2-1.

  • 17:11 (IST)

    PR Sreejesh saves but Malaysian umpire points for a stroke. Great opportunity for South Korea to take the lead.

  • 17:09 (IST)

    Kular's makes an error and South Korea get their fourth penalty corner. Tense.

  • 17:09 (IST)

    Under 9 minutes left and things are getting tense for India. On the face of it, they are dominating but the goals are not coming.

  • 17:08 (IST)

    A counter by India has Akashdeep in the clear but Talwinder cannot stop the pass.

  • 17:05 (IST)

    Korea still playing with a crowded defence. They are hoping for a counter to score.

  • 17:05 (IST)

    Nikkin misses out on a superb opportunity. He is unable to control the ball as the South Korean goalkeeper is caught on the wrong side.

  • 17:04 (IST)

    Sundeep Misra from Malaysia: It's going to be close in the fourth and last quarter. If South Korea pull off one, they will close the shutters and defend. India need to find a goal early to break the defensive structure of the South Koreans.
     
    The Kuantan rain is here. Falling heavily now. It will be tough for both teams as the pitch will become heavy.

  • 17:00 (IST)

    Third quarter comes to an end. Scores are still 1-1.

  • 16:59 (IST)

    India pressing hard again. Almost 80 percent possession in the third quarter belongs to India but no goals to show for it. 

  • 16:56 (IST)

    Sundeep Misra from Malaysia: India's play seems predictable at the moment. They are not trying out anything new to get past this South Korean defence line.

  • 16:55 (IST)

    Walmiki's hit into the circle bounces off Ramandeep's stick and goes wide.

  • 16:54 (IST)

    India are building up well but the crowded South Korean defence is not allowing a finish. 

  • 16:53 (IST)

    Hyeongjin gets a green card. South Korea are down to ten men for two minutes.

    Can India capatalise on this advantage? 

  • 16:52 (IST)

    India are getting frustrated by South Korea's defensive methods. They are hitting aimlessly into the Korean circle.

  • 16:50 (IST)

    Rupinder's flick is aimed directly at the South Korean goalkeeper's gloves. Saved.
     
    India on the attack again.

  • 16:49 (IST)

    Umpire points for India's third penalty corner.

  • 16:49 (IST)

    South Korea pick up a loose ball and attack. India got lucky as South Korea had just a lone forward up. Lakra tackles.

  • 16:47 (IST)

    Pressure coming from India. India are pushing players up but they need to be careful of gaps created at the back, which South Korea will surely look to exploit.

  • 16:44 (IST)

    Sundeep Misra from Malaysia: Both teams are back for the third quarter. 

    This will be a crucial quarter. We might see South Korea come out and attack. If this happens, it would give India the space they are looking for. 

     

  • 16:36 (IST)

    Sundeep Misra from Malaysia: Both India and South Korea could have taken the lead in the second quarter. South Korea are playing eight men in the circle while defending. Their tactics are clear as they look out for counter-attacks.

    India need to cash in on the chances they get. 

  • 16:34 (IST)

    End of the second quarter! It's India 1-1 South Korea at the break. 

  • 16:33 (IST)

    India's shot is defended well by South Korea. And off the counter, they earn their third penalty corner.

  • 16:31 (IST)

    India get their second penalty corner of the match. 50 seconds to play in the second quarter. Can they take the lead here?

  • 16:30 (IST)

    India had a great opportunity but no space for a hit as the South Koreans crowd their own circle.

  • 16:30 (IST)

    Sundeep Misra from Malaysia: India seem to have lost momentum after the South Korean equaliser. With South Korea refusing to lose their structure at the back, they are relying on Indian errors to build counters.

  • 16:26 (IST)

    Sundeep Misra from Malaysia: Play a little ragged at the moment. South Korea have the edge in the midfield.

  • 16:25 (IST)

    And the referral is refused.

  • 16:24 (IST)

    South Korea want a video referral as they believe the flick hit an Indian defender's foot before going out.

  • 16:23 (IST)

    Error from Lakra and South Korea earn their second penalty corner of the match.

  • 16:23 (IST)

    GOAL! Defensive error by Rupinder as he couldn't trap the ball cleanly. South Korea's Seo Inwoo slams into the Indian goal past Sreejesh. Scores are equalised. 1-1.

  • 16:19 (IST)

    Sundeep Misra from Malaysia: Play is opening up. South Korea also need to look for goals as Indian forwards are finding some space now.

  • 16:18 (IST)

    India are controlling play in the second quarter but are unable to extend their lead. 

  • 16:17 (IST)

  • 16:17 (IST)

    The second quarter is now under way! 

    Nikkin goes past four Korean defenders but then Uthappa's weak shot goes past the post. 

  • 16:14 (IST)

    The Korean flick is wide.
     
    And with that, the first quarter is up. India lead 1-0. 

  • 16:13 (IST)

    South Korea receive their first penalty corner. And a chance for an equaliser.

  • 16:12 (IST)

    Sundeep Misra from Malaysia: Beautiful turnaround by Talwinder. He was throwing off his marker consistently and the reverse hit is on target.

Preview: Top-ranked India will look to live up to their reputation as they face a tricky South Korea in the semi-finals of the Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament on Saturday.

India remained unbeaten in the round-robin stage which they topped with 13 points. They have conceded a mere six goals in the tournament so far, and have scored 25 in their five matches so far.

The world No.6 had dropped points only once in the round-robin stage -- against their semi-final opponents South Korea and that could be on India's mind when they take the field at the Wisma Belia Hockey Stadium.

Indian hockey team in action at the Asian Champions Trophy 2016. Image courtesy: Twitter/@TheHockeyIndia

Indian hockey team in action at the Asian Champions Trophy 2016. Image courtesy: Twitter/@TheHockeyIndia

South Korea in comparison finished fourth in the group stages, after conceding a last-minute goal to Malaysia in the their final game.

The South Koreans, who are ranked 11th in the world, have scored 11 goals in the competition so far -- the second lowest of any team in the competition and the lowest of any of the semi finalists.

In the earlier match between the two teams, however, former Asian champions South Korea showed a lot of quality. They scored against an over-confident India, whose defence was playing high. After they conceded the equaliser and India mounted a barrage of attacks, the South Koreans defended strongly.

Fully aware of the task his team awaits, India chief coach Roelant Oltmans said: "Korea have an extremely well-drilled and organised defensive structure, and they rely on that in their games. We already have experience of seeing how suffocating their play can be, and it is a challenge for us."

"We will have to be more clinical in the final third against them and have shown that we can be so in our games so far. It should be a good encounter."

For India, drag-flick expert Rupinder Pal Singh has been in imperious form, scoring 10 goals so far in the tournament. The power of the Punjab set-piece specialist has been too hot to handle for the teams and Oltmans will hope that he keeps scoring.

In defence too, Rupinder will be extremely important as a central defender, and his defensive pairing with Birendra Lakra and Kothajit Singh will be tested against the nimble-footed Koreans.

In a big boost for India, captain P.R. Sreejesh will be back in goal post after missing the last two round-robin games due to an ankle injury.

The midfield will be led by former captain Sardar Singh. The 30-year-old has been average and looked out of touch so far. Right midfielder S.K. Uthappa has been playing well, perfectly transforming defence to attack while helping the forwards making the circle penetrations.

The focus will also be on Ramandeep Singh, who has stepped up his game in the absence of senior striker S.V. Sunil. He, along with the likes of Akashdeep, Nikkin and Lalit Upadhyay will not only have roles of scoring field goals but also earning penalty corners for the side.

In the other semi-final, Pakistan will face hosts Malaysia.


Published Date: Oct 29, 2016 05:40 pm | Updated Date: Oct 29, 2016 06:05 pm


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