Korea dashed Malaysia’s hopes of a maiden Hero Asia Cup trophy as they reigned supreme with a thrilling 2-1 final victory right here on the GBK Sports Arena on Wednesday.
This is the fifth time the Korean facet have lifted the celebrated trophy. They have received the title in 1994, 1999, 2009 and 2013.
Having received the Hero Asian Champions Trophy in December final yr, Korea regarded like a assured bunch going into the final, a spot they earned by pipping India in a 3-3 draw on Tuesday. The workforce, with skilled gamers, recovered properly in time to place up a grand battle in opposition to the Malaysian unit who regarded poised to win the title race, not having misplaced a single match in the match.
After a goalless first quarter, Korea put Malaysia below the pump with a splendid area objective in the seventeenth minute. The 1-0 lead actually put strain on Malaysia who struggled to search out their zing in changing probabilities.
They managed an equalizer in the twenty fifth minute by means of Syed Cholan that introduced some respite in the Malaysian dug out however Korea, who had draw in opposition to India 4-4 in a excessive scoring match, labored their technique to proceed to place strain on the Malaysian defence.
Though the third quarter went goalless, the Korea workforce’s turning level of the match got here in the 52nd minute after they scored a quickfire area objective off a implausible counter assault arrange after Malaysia did not convert back-to-back PCs.
Malaysia created loads of alternatives to attain in the dying minutes of the match, one such alternative got here when Faizal Saari took a shot on objective however Korean goalkeeper was on course to make a high-quality save.
The Korean defence, among the best in Asian hockey, lived as much as the billing and defended the scoreline. Though they discovered a chance to increase the result in 3-1 after they have been awarded the penalty stroke, the prospect went lacking with Malaysian goalie stopping the ?try by Jang Jonghyun.
Earlier in the day, India beat Japan 1-0 to win Bronze whereas Pakistan end fifth in the match after 8-0 win in opposition to Bangladesh.
Hero Player of the Match was awarded to Jang Jonghyun, who accomplished his 300 worldwide matches for Korea at present.
Hero Top scorer of the match was Razie Rahim of Malaysia who scored 13 objectives
OBO Promising Goal Keeper of the Tournament Akmal Hussain of Pakistan
OBO Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament Takashi Yoshikawa of Japan
Rising Star of the Tournament India’s Uttam Singh
Hero Best Player of the Tournament Jang Jonghyun of Korea, Man of the match
AHF Athlete Ambassador : SV Sunil of India
AHF Athlete Ambassador: Razie Rahim of Malaysia
AHF Athlete Ambassador: Mubashar Ali of Pakistan–IANS
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