India lose to S Korea 6-1

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:06 IST

India were handed a humiliating 6-1 drubbing by South Korea in the final of the four-nation Prince Takamado hockey tournament in Gifu, Japan today.

India lose to S Korea 6-1

New Delhi:

In yet another disappointing show, India were handed a humiliating 6-1 drubbing by South Korea in the final of the four-nation Prince Takamado hockey tournament in Gifu, Japan today. The Koreans proved to be the nemesis for India in the women's section of the event as well, as they went down to their rivals 4-0 in the playoff for the third place. The Indian men, who just about made it to the final after Japan lost their match to South Korea, failed to rise to the occasion in the final against the Asian Games gold winners. Riding on a hat-trick by Yi Chong-Son, the South Koreans completely dominated India before clinching the title with a comprehensive victory. The Indian team, comprising mainly of youngsters, were caught napping with Chong-Son, the tournament's highest goalscorer, pumping in two quick goals in successive minutes (16th and 17th). The Koreans made it 3-0 in the 25th minute when Hwang Chong-Hyon hit a reverse flick off a rebound. Stung by the reverse, India launched a counter-attack and their efforts paid off when young Sandeep Michael sounded the board in the 28th minute. But that was about all for the Indians as Koreans returned with a vengeance after the break to slam three more goals through Yi, who completed his hat-trick with a goal in the 40th minute, So Chong-Ho (57) and Yu Ko-sik (59). Although the Koreans were superior, Indians were a trifle unlucky as two golden opportunities went amiss when Jatinderpal Singh's shot hit the left post and Vivek Gupta's strike was stopped by an alert Korean goalkeeper Ko Tong-Sik. Tong-Sik was superb under the bar as he effected some brilliant saves to keep the Indians at bay. Hosts Japan finished third after they beat China 3-1 in the play-off for the third place. Nishimura (39), Yasui (54) and Noda (60) scored for the winners. The women's title was clinched by the hosts who pipped China 2-1 through goals by Miura (16) and Komori (62). Indian women hardly showed any semblance of resistance as they finished a dismal fourth and last, losing the playoff for the third place 4-0 to South Korea. Yi Mi-Song (4), Oh Ko-Woon (33, 51) and Kim Yun-Mi (60) were the goal scorers for the Koreans. (PTI)



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