The hosts Korea have set-up the summit clash against defending champions China at the 17th Asian Games 2014. Korea defeated India by 3-1, while China overcame Japan’s stiff defence as they converted only shot on the goal Seonhak Hockey Stadium in Incheon today.
In a match which saw only shot a goal on the goal, China edged past Japan with just three minutes to final hooter. Both the teams attacked relentlessly but failed to pull the trigger. In the dying minutes of match, China earned a penalty corner and WANG Mengyu made full use of it to take her team to final.
In the first quarter, Korea scored the opener within three minutes of the match when Kim Darae hit-out a strong reverse beating Indian goal-keeper Savita and sent the ball into the net. After taking the early lead, the opponents tried maintaining the lead and attempting to create more chances though the Indian eves defense proved itself stronger.
It was in the 11th minute that India got the opportunity to level the scores and Rani hit the ball from the D towards Namita Toppo, who wasted no time to direct it into the cage with a gentle push, taking the score 1-1.
With this equaliser, India played aggressively and looked for more opportunities to build pressure on South Korea. But in the 28th minute, India got a set-back when Korean player Han Hye Lyoung converted a penalty and took the lead by 2-1 in the first half.
In the 3rd quarter, India started with strategic moves and tried to play the ball in the opposition’s half. However, the South Korean players thwarted India’s every attack and managed to take the ball back into the Indian half. In the 42nd minute, South Korean forward Park Mihyun hit the third goal for her team, taking the scorecard to 3-1.
For the remainder of the match India played very aggressively but unfortunately were unable to add any further goals to the tally.
India will now play against Japan for the Bronze medal on 1 October 2014, before the Finals between China and Korea.