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Hockey: India, Korea in final of Asia Cup, Pakistan lose World Cup chance

India beat hosts Malaysia 2-0.

India beat hosts Malaysia 2-0.

August 30, 2013: Defending champions Korea and India will contest the final of the Men’s Asia Cup in Ipoh on Sunday after winning hard-fought semi-finals on Friday night.

 

Korea, Asia Cup winners in 1993, 1999 and 2009, beat fellow three-time winners Pakistan 2-1 in the evening’s first match, backing up their win over the greens in Hockey World League Round 3 in Johor Bahru. India, winners in 2003 and 2007, then beat hosts Malaysia 2-0 in front of a passionate packed house.

 

Korea scored through penalty corner goals in 31st minute from three-time Olympian Jang Jong-hyun – the tournament’s top scorer – and in the 40th by Lee Nam-yong, while Pakistan captain Muhammad Imran netted a penalty corner of his own in the 46th. The loss ended Pakistan’s hopes of competing in next year’s World Cup in the Netherlands.

 

In the second game, it was India, the eight-time Olympic gold medallists, who came away with a 2-0 victory with some ruthless finishing, despite a strong showing from hosts Malaysia. Penalty corner ace V R Raghunath opened the scoring in the eighth minute with a trademark drag-flick, with Mandeep Singh putting the gloss on the result 10 minutes from time when he finished off a high quality counter-attack.

 

Earlier in the day, Japan beat Bangladesh 3-0 to qualify for Saturday’s 5th-6th placement game against Oman, who defeated Chinese Taipei in a penalty shootout. Bangladesh and Chinese Taipei will contest the 7th-8th placement game, also on Saturday, before the third place playoff and the final take place on Sunday.

 

The winner of the Asia Cup will automatically qualify for next year’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup in the Netherlands. Korea have already qualified for the World Cup, so if they win in Ipoh, their spot in the Netherlands will be given to Malaysia, currently the first reserve team as determined following the two World League Semi-Final events. India are currently the second reserve team.

 

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) 3-0 (2-0) Bangladesh (B4)
17:15 Placement 5-8: Oman (B3) 4-2* Chinese Taipei (A4)
19:30 Semi-final: Pakistan (A1) 1-2 (0-1) Korea (B2)
21:45 Semi-final: India (B1) 2-0 (1-0) Malaysia (A2)

* After penalty shootout

 

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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