Asian Champions Trophy : India through to the finals with a thrilling win
India defeated Korea in the 1st semi-finals of the Asian Champions Trophy 2016 played at Kuantan, Malaysia just a few minutes ago. It was a dominating performance by team India but could only score 2 goals in regulation time. At the end, P Sreejesh was the match winner as he saved an important shot in penalty shootouts.
India earned the first penalty corner in the 6th minute, but RP Singh could not convert into the goal. India scored a field goal. Talvinder converted a pass into the goal in the 15th minute of the first quarter. In few seconds there after Korea’s efforts to score a goal was saved but they got a penalty corner. The shot was deflected by another Korean player and went wide out. Both India & Korea started on a low note.
In the second minute of the second quarter, Uthappa hit wide of goal-post after entering the D. In well-tackled game Seo Inwoo scored an excellent field goal in 6th minute of the second quarter
to level the score at 1-1.
Korea lost a review appeal for penalty corner in an 8th minute. The ball possession was 52% with India in the first half. A real opportunity of scoring a field goal was lost by India in 28th minute. Ramandeep was tackled wrongly in the D in the 29th minute and India earned a penalty corner but could not convert a goal. In the final minute, Korea dominated, earned a penalty corner but could convert into a goal.
Korea began the third quarter with no exciting moments for 4 Minutes. In the 5th minute, Geo took the ball from mid-field into D alone but could not score the goal.
India earned a penalty corner in the 11th minute but could not score the goal. In the 10th minute, India missed scoring a goal from field pass as Ramandeep’s diversion went wide to the right of the goal. India had 22 circle penetrations as against 9 of Korea until third quarter but could not capitalize.
Ramandeep’s reverse flick went wide in the third minute of last quarter. Korea earned a penalty corner in the 7th minute. Three successive rebound were saved by the goalkeeper but in the last scuffle, Korea earned a penalty stroke. Yang Jihuan converted the stroke into the deciding goal in the 8th minute to get Korea a lead of 2-1. India earned a PC next minute but could not score. Very next minute Ramandeep converted a field pass from Sardara Singh entering from the right end of the D to level 2-2. Though India possessed the ball 70% times and penetrated the circle double times of Korea but of no avail. The match went into the decision by penalty strokes.
Five players from each team took the shots. For India first stroke was taken by Sardar who scored dribbling the ball past the goalkeeper. Sreejesh could not save the first shot Ramandeep also scored for India. Korea also scored on their second shot. RP Singh scored the third shot. Korea also leveled it up by their third shot. Aakashdeep scored off a 4th shot. Jersey no 16 was not able to score . Video referral was successful and a penalty stroke was awarded, that was converted into the equalizer. Last shot taken by Surender Lakra was also fruitful but a stroke was awarded for goalkeepers foul ,that Rupendra Pal converted. Last penalty stroke was taken by Jersey no 5 Lee was saved by Sreejesh giving a thrilling victory to India to enter finals of Asian championship.
India will face the winner of Pakistan or Malaysia, which will be played later in the day, on Sunday, 30th October.