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Hockey: Holders China, impressive Korea into semi-finals of Asia Cup

Defending champions China (red) beat India 1-0 in Pool A in a rematch of the 2009 finalists. Photos: AHF.

Defending champions China (red) beat India 1-0 in Pool A in a rematch of the 2009 finalists. Photos: AHF.

September 23, 2013: Defending champions China secured a spot in the semi-finals of the Women’s Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur with a hard-fought 1-0 win over India on Sunday, the second day of pool action. Monday is a rest day for all teams before they play their final group games on Tuesday.

 

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Korea beat Japan 3-0 to lead Pool B.

China prevailed through a 50th-minute penalty corner by defender Wang Mengyu, who also converted two short corners in the team’s 3-0 defeat of hosts Malaysia on Saturday.

 

Korea joined China in the semi-finals by beating Japan 3-0, with early goals from captain Kim Jong-eun in the second minute and penalty corners from Cheon Seul-ki and Hyo Ju-min in the 16th and 22nd minutes respectively.

 

Korea beat Kazakhstan 12-1 in their opening match, with Kim Da-rae scoring four times, Cheon a hat-trick and Kim a brace.

 

Hosts Malaysia routed Hong Kong 6-0.

Hosts Malaysia routed Hong Kong 6-0.

Malaysia delighted the home fans with a 6-0 win over Hong Kong for their first win in the tournament and will face India on Tuesday to battle for second place in Pool A and a semi-final spot. India, runners-up in 2009, beat Hong Kong 13-0 in their opening match.

 

Malaysia only opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time through Rabiatul Adawiyah’s penalty corner and she converted two more in the second half, when Fazilla bagged a brace and Norhasliza also got on the scoresheet.

 

In the other Pool B contest, Kazakhstan beat Chinese Taipei 2-0 through early goals by Makhanova and Domashneva.

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