With 10 points from three wins and one draw, India are on top the league table. They had already qualified for the semifinals before the match. PTI
Chennai: Hosts India, who are already in the semifinals of the Asian Champions Trophy hockey competition, continued to dominate the competition on Monday with a thrilling 3-2 victory against South Korea in their last round-robin match.
India is in first place in the standings with 10 points after three victories and one draw. Before the game, they had already earned a spot in the semifinals.
Nilakanta Sharma’s goal in the sixth minute gave India the lead. After Sukhjeet received the ball from Sumit Shamsher Singh, he dribbled past two defenders and handed it to the scorer, who was in the proper location to send the ball into the Korea goal.
India’s happiness was short-lived, however, as Kim Sunghyun scored the equalizer for Korea just six minutes later, beating home team goalkeeper Krishan Bahadur Pathak, who was competing in his 100th international match.
Manjae Jung offered the assistance.
However, India retook the lead in the 23rd minute when Harmanpreet Singh scored off a penalty corner, much to the delight of the crowd in attendance at Mayor Radhakrishnan Stadium.
With his goal in the 33rd minute, Mandeep Singh strengthened India’s advantage in the game and made it 3-1.
In the 58th minute, Yang Jihun gave Korea a point, but India held on to the lead for the remaining two.