South Korea defended their Asia Cup title and became 4th time Champions. The Koreans defeated 7th time finalists India 4-3 in fitting finale to clinch the title of Asia Cup 2013 Champions, while Pakistan beat hosts Malaysia 3-1 to take Bronze Medal home from Ipoh.
Best goalkeeper – P.R. Sreejesh (India)
Top scorer – Jang Jong-hyun (S.Korea) – 8 goals
Best outstanding player –V. R. Raghunath (India)
Fairplay Trophy –Japan
The defending champions Koreans kept their class for last and played one of their best game in the tournament to keep India away from confirming their ticket for the 2014 Hockey World Cup in the Hague. With Korea’s win, Malaysia is now confirmed of their place in the Quadrennial Event to be played from May 31st to June 15th next year, but India will need to wait for confirmation till the end of Oceania Cup.
The Koreans, who had lost (0-2) to India in the league game, were superior in first half rushed to 2-0 lead with the goals in quick succession after scoreless 27 odd minutes. Jang Jong-hyun (PC-28th minute) and You Hyo-sik (FG-29th minute) scored for Korea in 1st half.
The Indian side fought their way back in the game with the change of the ends and scored through Rupinderpal Singh in 48th minute on a penalty corner. Nikkin Thimmaiah drew parity in 55th minute for the 2007 Asia Cup Champions.
Approximately a minute later, Korea earned a penalty corner, which resulted in another penalty corner resulting in penalty stroke, which was duly converted by Nam Hyun-woo to regain the lead for the Koreans in the 57th minute.
India fought and leveled the scores once again, when Birendra Lakra pick-pocketed a Korean player in the corner to give a pass to Ramandeep Singh, who set it up for Mandeep to find target with just four minutes to the final hooter.
The Koreans were awarded a penalty corner in the 68th minute after a clean sliding tackle by Rupinderpal which amused everybody, however Korea took it with both hands to score the winning goal through Kang Moon-kweon (who was later adjudged as man-of-the-match) in an indirect play.
In the Bronze Medal match, Pakistan defeated hosts Malaysia 3-1 to finish 3rd at the quadrennial Asian Hockey event.
It was Malaysia who broke deadlock through Faizal Saari in 34th, but Pakistan did not take much time to equalize through Abdul Haseem Khan and went to lemon break with scores level at 1-1.
Pakistan then took lead through their Captain Muhammad Imran on a penalty corner in 54th minute while Haseem scored another goal for his 56th minute to make it 3-1 and win the game.
Yesterday Japan and Bangladesh had defeated Oman and Chinese Taipei to finish at 5th and 7th position respectively.