Korea crush India in Azlan Shah Cup

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:52 IST

India's chances of a podium finish virtually evaporated today after they were steamrolled by South Korea 4-1 at the Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament.

Korea crush India in Azlan Shah Cup

Kuala Lumpur:

India's chances of a podium finish virtually evaporated today after they were steamrolled by South Korea 4-1 at the Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament here today. Though the current Asian Games champions dominated the proceedings, India were lucky to go into the break at 1-1 despite conceding the tournaments first penalty stroke. In an earlier match, Olympic champions Australia rode on their luck to hold a fired up Pakistan 2-2 in a thrilling contest at the Bukit Jalil Stadium. After surviving the Korean onslaught in the early part of the match, India took the lead through Len Aiyappa. But the Asian Games gold medallists bounced back with a first-half equaliser before three strikes in six minutes after the break to take home full points. Korea, who earned five penalty corners in the first 15 minutes of the match but failed to benefit from them, levelled the score through Kim Kyung Seuk. They also missed the penalty stroke they got in the first half. The Korean attack lacked the sharpness of their earlier outings here as many unforced errors were committed against the tentative and toothless Indians. Korea, who were humbled handsomely by India in their last outing at the Athens Olympics, forced seven penalty corners in the match as against two by the Indians. (PTI)



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