India ended their Super 4 encounter against South Korea in a 1-1 draw as Gurjant Singh equalised in the dying minutes of the game. India will play Malaysia on Thursday which will be a must-win match for the team.
# India will play Malaysia tomorrow. India fought well and salvaged a point after the game against Korea. The game with Malaysia however is a must-win game for India.
# India has split points with Korea. Korea played fanstastically and India showed grit to score the equaliser in the final minute of the match.
# FT! Gurjant Singh's late equaliser helps India secure a draw in their opening Super 4s game of the Hero Asia Cup 2017.
# Goal! Gurjant Singh of India hits equaliser in the dying minutes of the game. The scores have been levelled in the final minute of the game.
# The Indian team is watching the video replay on the giant screen. Will they get the PC?
# India have received a Penalty Corner but the Koreans have gone to the video umpire.
# Under two minutes left in the game now.
# India is asking for a penalty corner. Video referral was given but it's not a PC. Disappointment for India and they are desperate for an equaliser now.
# Harmanpreet has the yellow bib. India have pulled off their goalkeeper
# If India lose this game, then they need two straight wins in their next two games.
# 55' A big five minutes coming up for India as they look to overturn the Korean advantage
# Akashdeep has missed a sharp chance. India need an equaliser as soon as possible.
# It's been an extremely tough match for India. Korea has had only one chance and they scored. India received a penalty corner but wasn't able to convert it.
# The 4th quarter has begun. India has made too many wrong passes and is under pressure to find an equaliser.
# It's Korea in the lead with 15 minutes on the clock. The 3rd quarter has ended.
# 41' Goal for Korea. Jungjun Lee scores the first goal of the game to earn a crucial lead for his team.
# Korea is frustrating India by their defensive tactics.
# Five minutes have already passed in the third quarter.
# Second quarter's game finishes as both India and South Korea are locked at 0-0
# Halfway into Q2 as both defences are denying either team to score the opening goal
# A neck-to-neck encounter so far as both teams are yet to break the shackles.
# India is looking to penetrate the defence but the Koreans are standing tall.
# Halfway into Quarter 2 as both defences are denying either team to score the opening goal
# India vs Korea: First quarter of play ended, both teams locked at 0-0
# India vs Korea: Five minutes to go for the end of Q1 with both teams looking to create scoring opportunities.
# Korea's Kang takes a shot from inside the circle and Indian goalkeeper Akash Chikte keeps the ball at bay with a brilliant save.
# No real penetration from both the teams as the defence looks solid.
# First quarter is underway and India looks confident.
# India and South Korea are on the ground and the respective national anthem is being played.
India, who topped the pool A by winning all their matches has looked to be the most dominating team in the tournament so far in all aspects of the game.
Korea, on the other hand, looked below par from usually high standards as they finished second in Pool B behind the ever-improving Malaysia.
Playing under a new chief coach Sjoerd Marijne, the Indians have produced some splendid hockey all through the tournament displaying beautiful one-touch hockey, which they are known for.
The Indian strike force comprising Ramandeep Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Lalit Upadahay and Chinglensana Singh has been the most impressive, scoring field goals at will with their deft stick work.
The defense line have been successful in thwarting opposition attacks and remained watchful guard of Amit Rohidas, Harmanpreet Singh and young Dipsan Tirkey.
What would be a matter of concern for Marijne is the penalty corner conversion rate even though Harmanpreet has been on target on a few occasions.
India would start as favorites to win the match after being in all-conquering in the group stages so far registering a 5-1 win over Japan, thrashing Bangladesh 7-0 and handing arch-rivals Pakistan a 3-1 defeat.
In terms of world rankings as well, the Indians have the upper hand. While India are placed sixth in the world, Korea occupy the 13th spot.