KUALA LUMPUR: Korea defeated India 2-1 to march into the final of 8th Women’s Asia Cup and deny India a chance of making the cut for the 2014 World Cup, which also resulted Japan‘s qualification for the quadrennial event next year in the Hague.
Japan beat China 4-1 to set-up summit clash with Korea, while India will take on China for Bronze medal on Friday.
The Koreans, winners of the Women’s Asia Cup in 1985, 1993 an 1999, went ahead with two early goals in the match and with stood the Indian fight back to secure their place in the summit clash.
India’s coach Neil Hawgood said the weather was a problem and that they did not see any reason to push the match to an earlier time slot.
“We were confident that we could win this match and had planned for it. But having to play in the humid conditions at 3.45pm was not good.
“I am happy with the overall performance of the team and we have to use this to step up our preparations for the future,” he said.
The Koreans were lucky in that their early efforts paid off. They earned their first penalty corner in the second minute and they earned maximum out of it. Cheng Seul-ki made sure her drag flick found the target to put the team ahead.
Eight minutes later the Koreans increased the lead Cheon Eun-bi scoring off a field attempt and it seemed like the Korans might end with a high score line.
The Indians managed to hold their own and then went on the attack in the second half. In the 54th minute they earned a penalty corner and skipper Ritu Rani reduced the deficit and gave hope of salvaging the match.
But the Koreans held on and made the final and stay on track for a fourth title.
Korean coach Han Jin-soo had mixed reaction to the win.
“Well we did good in the first half and not so well in the second. But we are happy to have made the final. We should have won by a bigger score. But the weather was humid and did affect both teams,” he said.
In the classification play off for 5-8 placing in 8th Women’s Asia Cup, Malaysia defeated Chinese Taipei 7-0 to qualify for the fifth placing play-off. Fazilla Slyvester Silin scored a brace in the 35th and 36th minute while Norazlin Sumantri (5), Nadia Abdul Rahman (6), Rabiatul Adawiyah Mohamed (16), Siti Noor Amarina (63) and Fatin Shafika Shukti (70) were the other goal scorers.