Incheon (South Korea), 29 September 2014: In a hard-fought clash between India and South Korea in the Women’s semi-final of the 17th Asian Games 2014, both the teams challenged each other in every quarter of the game and displayed their die-hard attitude to reach the final of the tournament. Knowing the importance of the match, both India and Korea fought intensely and tried to dominate each other through-out the knock-out tie. After giving a tough contest to the higher ranked Koreans, India went down 1-3 in the closely-contested match at Seonhak Hockey Stadium in Incheon today.
In the first quarter, South Korea scored the opener within three minutes of the match when Kim Darae hit-out a strong reverse beating Indian goal-keeper Savita and sent the ball into the net. After taking the early lead, the opponents tried maintaining the lead and attempting to create more chances though the Indian eves defense proved itself stronger.
It was in the 11th minute that India got the opportunity to level the scores and Rani hit the ball from the D towards Namita Toppo, who wasted no time to direct it into the cage with a gentle push, taking the score 1-1.
With this equaliser, India played aggressively and looked for more opportunities to build pressure on South Korea. But in the 28th minute, India got a set-back when Korean player Han Hye Lyoung converted a penalty and took the lead by 2-1 in the first half.
In the 3rd quarter, India started with strategic moves and tried to play the ball in the opposition’s half. However, the South Korean players thwarted India’s every attack and managed to take the ball back into the Indian half. In the 42nd minute, South Korean forward Park Mihyun hit the third goal for her team, taking the scorecard to 3-1.
For the remainder of the match India played very aggressively but unfortunately were unable to add any further goals to the tally.
India will now play against Japan for the Bronze medal on 1 October 2014.