India is aiming for an absolute victory versus Korea in the Hockey Asia Cup 2022 to secure a place in the final.
JAKARTA: In their final Super 4 round-robin league encounter against South Korea on Tuesday. Defending champions, India will be looking for an outright win to clinch their position in the Asia Cup 2022 men’s hockey tournament final.
On Sunday, India was on the verge of clinching a place in the title match but Malaysia’s Razie Rahim saved the day with a hat-trick in a thrilling 3-3 draw in their second ‘Super 4’ match. On Saturday, India defeated Japan 2-1 in their first encounter. South Korea leads the Super 4 table with a goal difference of +2 (5-3). While India is second with a goal difference of +1 (5-4).
India not only accomplished the almost impossible task of defeating hosts Indonesia by more than 15 goals in their final pool match to qualify for the Super 4s. But they also eked out a 2-1 victory over Japan, which had upset them 2-5 in the preliminary stages in Hockey Asia Cup 2022.
The Indians produced a brave comeback against Malaysia on Sunday. Leading 3-2 in the fourth quarter when Rahim converted a penalty corner from the final hooter to grab the game from India’s grasp, which could have clinched their position in the top showdown. The Indian forward line was impressive, with players such as Uttam Singh, SV Sunil, and Pawan Rajbhar shining brilliantly with their hard work.
India is aiming for an absolute victory versus Korea in the Hockey Asia Cup 2022
Sunil, in fact, scored a beautiful goal from an acute angle against Malaysia. In fact, the Indians produced multiple chances, but their strikers were unable to convert them in the final third. An area where head coach Sardar Singh would like his team to improve.
The midfield has performed admirably thus far. But the Birendra Lakra-led defense needs to step up its game after conceding unneeded penalty corners to which the Malaysians benefited. Suraj Karkera has been a standout in front of the Indian net. Making multiple saves thanks to his quickness and positioning.
Suraj Karkera has been a standout in front of the Indian net. making multiple saves thanks to his quickness and positioning. However, the Indians will have to be at their best against the Koreans. since their opponents are famed for quick counterattacks. Japan will face Malaysia in the other Super 4 match of the day.