Indian eves hold Korea to 1-1 draw

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DONGHAE CITY, May 19: Young forward Lalremsiami’s equaliser earned defending champions India 1-1 draw against Korea in the last round robin match at the fifth Asian Champions Trophy women’s hockey tournament on Saturday.
With this draw, the Indian team led by defender Sunita Lakra go into the final on Sunday as the table toppers. They remain unbeaten in the tournament, having won against Japan (4-1), China (3-1) and Malaysia (3-2).
Despite Korea’s attacking game from the start of the match, India managed to win the first penalty corner of the match in the fourth minute. But drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur’s flick was padded away by the Korean goalkeeper. Though India made forays into the striking circle, breaking Korea’s defence was an uphill task.
World No 9, Korea, meanwhile, were the first to make a breakthrough when they forced an error to win a short corner in the opening minute of the second quarter.
Seul Ki Cheon was brilliant with her drag-flick as she struck the ball to the right corner of the post almost making it impossible for India goalkeeper Savita to save.
After barren third quarter, an infringement while attempting to defend a shot on goal by a Korean attacker led to India concede a penalty corner at the start of the fourth quarter. (PTI)