Incheon (South Korea), 26 September 2014: In a nail biting clash against Pakistan yesterday where India suffered an unfortunate 2-1 loss, the Indian Men Hockey team now gears up to take on China in their last pool match of the 17th Asian Games 2014 being played on 27 September 2014 at Soenhak Hockey Stadium in Incheon, South Korea.
Both India and China are currently sitting with two wins out of their three respective matches and will now clash with each other head on, to claim a total of three wins in the tournament and maximise their chances to reserve a berth in the semi-finals.
Going by the past records, India and China have played a total of four matches against each other at the Asian Games. Out of the four matches, the Indian Men hockey team has been successful in converting three wins in their favour. Facing each other for the fifth time at the Asian Games this year, where India will push for increasing their number of wins over China, on the other hand China will make every effort to reduce that margin.
Speaking on the match against China, the Indian Captain and midfielder Sardar Singh said, “It was an intense match against Pakistan and it was really unfortunate that we conceded the last goal and lost the match. Leaving the loss behind and learning from the mistakes, the team is very much focussed on the match against China. China is a strong team and we are prepared and confident about putting up a promising show against them tomorrow.”
Speaking ahead of the match against China, the Indian Men Hockey Team’s Chief Coach Terry Walsh said, “We have seen China stifle Pakistan with goals only coming from rare chances in the 3rd and 4th quarters. This game could be very tight and the focus will be on our effectiveness inside the attacking scoring zone. Chances will need to be created with quality ball control. Good decisions must be made to open up the Chinese defence. Recognising how China plays in different phases of the game will be the key. We must bring the energy necessary for this crucial contest.”