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Hockey: India, Korea complete semi-finals at Men’s Asia Cup in Ipoh

India (white) will play Malaysia in Friday’s semi-finals after topping Pool A with 9-1 win over Bangladesh (green). Photo: AHF.

India (white) will play Malaysia in Friday’s semi-finals after topping Pool A with 9-1 win over Bangladesh (green). Photo: AHF.

August 28, 2013: India beat Bangladesh 9-1 in pouring rain on Wednesday to top Pool B and set up a semi-final clash with hosts Malaysia on Friday evening in the Men’s Asia Cup in Ipoh.

 

Korea earlier crushed Oman 10-0 at Stadium Azlan Shah, scoring eight goals in the second half, to secure second spot in the pool and set up a mouth-watering opening semi-final with Pakistan, who won all three of their games to top Pool A.

 

Although Korea dominated the encounter with Oman from start to finish, they were contained to two goals in the first half. However, a whirlwind second half propelled the Koreans into double-digit territory and included a hat-trick by penalty corner specialist Jang Jong-hyun, the three-time Olympian who was named Man of the Match.

 

In Wednesday’s second match, India scored in the third minute and never looked back, with set-piece specialists Rupinder Pal Singh and VR Ragunath scoring four goals each. Bangladesh team captain Md. Mamunur Rahman Chayan scored his side’s lone goal just before the end of the first half.

 

After a rest day on Thursday, the action starts on Friday with the 5th to 8th classification semi-finals, as Japan play Bangladesh and Oman play Chinese Taipei.

 

The winner of the Men’s Asia Cup will automatically qualify for next year’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup in the Netherlands, with India and Pakistan desperate to win the trophy.

 

As Korea have already qualified for the World Cup, if they win in Ipoh, their spot in the Netherlands will be given to one of the current ‘reserve’ teams – Malaysia first, India second – as determined following the two World League Semi-Final events.

 

After the Asia Cup, there are only two more World Cup spots available, for the winners of the continental championships of Oceania and Africa. Oceania heavyweights Australia and New Zealand have already qualified for the World Cup, although no African teams have yet qualified.

 

2013 Men’s Asia Cup, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

 

Saturday, August 24
Pool B: India 8-0 (4-0) Oman
Pool A: Pakistan 7-0 (6-0) Japan
Pool A: Malaysia 10-2 (4-1) Chinese-Taipei

 

Sunday, August 25
Pool B: Korea 9-0 (4-0) Bangladesh
Pool A: Japan 5-1 (1-1) Chinese-Taipei
Pool A: Pakistan 4-1 (1-1) Malaysia

 

Monday, August 26
Pool B: Bangladesh 2-4 (0-1) Oman
Pool B: India 2-0 (1-0) Korea

 

Tuesday, August 27
Pool A: Pakistan 13-0 (3-0) Chinese-Taipei
Pool A: Japan 2-4 (2-2) Malaysia

 

Wednesday, August 28
Pool B: Korea 10-0 (2-0) Oman
Pool B: India 9-1 (5-1) Bangladesh

 

Friday, August 30
15:00 Placement 5-8: Japan (A3) v Bangladesh (B4)
17:15 Placement 5-8: Oman (B3) v Chinese Taipei (A4)
19:30 Semi-final: Pakistan (A1) v Korea (B2)
21:45 Semi-final: India (B1) v Malaysia (A2)

 

Saturday, August 31
17:30 Placement 7-8
20:00 Placement 5-6

 

Sunday, September 1
17:30 Bronze medal match
20:00 Final

 

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