Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2019: India lose final to Korea as shoot-out woes continue

first_imgSultan Azlan Shah Cup 2019: India lose final to Korea as shoot-out woes continueIndia were favourites to win the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup title but they lost to Korea 4-2 in the shoot-out to finish second best in the big final. advertisement Next Press Trust of India IpohMarch 30, 2019UPDATED: March 30, 2019 21:09 IST Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2019: Title favourites India finished second best in the big final (Hockey India Facebook)HIGHLIGHTSIndia lost 4-2 to South Korea in the shoot-out in the final on SaturdayIndia had finished on top of the six-team group table and were unbeatenMandeep Singh, Sumit Kumar Junior and Sumit missed during the penalty shoot-out situationSouth Korea stunned favourites India 4-2 in the shoot-out to lift the Azlan Shah Cup hockey title after the five-time champions conceded an equaliser in the final quarter of the summit clash here Saturday.Going into the title clash, world no. 5 India were clear favourites to lift their sixth Azlan Shah title against the 17th ranked Koreans.And the Indians started in the right earnest, taking the lead early through Simranjeet Singh’s field strike in the ninth minute.The Koreans, thereafter, kept the Indian forward line under tight vigil, while also pressing hard in search of the equaliser.FT: 1-1 (2-4)Korea edged past a spirited Indian side in a cracker of a final where the winner was decided via penalty shootouts.#IndiaKaGame #SultanAzlanShahCup2019 pic.twitter.com/Y0zDzS1bSZHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) March 30, 2019Korea’s efforts finally paid dividend in the 47th minute when they were awarded a penalty stroke. The Indians went for the video referral but the penalty decision stayed and Jang Jong Hyun made no mistake in drawing parity for his side.Two minutes from the hooter, India earned a penalty corner but to no avail as the match went into shoot-out.In the shoot-out, the Indians missed their first, fourth and fifth attempts and converted just two, while the Koreans just missed their third strike to win the thrilling contest 4-2 and lift the crown for the third time in the history of the invitational tournament.For India, Mandeep Singh, Sumit Kumar Junior and Sumit missed from the one-on-one penalty shoot-out situation, while experienced Birendra Lakra and Varun Kumar, converted their chances.advertisementDefending the goal in the shoot-out for India was young Kishan B Pathak in place of experienced P R Sreejesh.Hosts Malaysia finished third after beating Canada 4-2 in the third-fourth place classification match.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow India vs KoreaFollow India Hockey teamFollow Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2019last_img

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