India Fails their first defeat of the South Korea tour as the hosts registered a 2-1 victory over the visitors in the third match of the five-match series at the Jinchun National Athletic Centre on Thursday.
Two goals in the first quarter from South Korea’s Seul Ki Cheon (12th minute) and Yurim Lee (14th) were enough for the hosts as India’s fightback, led by Lalremsiami’s goal in the 16th minute, was not enough on the day. The win for South Korea means that India still maintains a 2-1 lead in the five-match hockey series with two matches to play.
India, however, did not give up without a fight a pulled a goal back through Lalremsiami in the 16th minute. Despite the loss, India continue to lead the series 2-1 following victories in the first two games.
Earlier in the day, India looked to continue their winning momentum and were quick off the blocks to put some pressure on South Korea’s midfield.
It was an important last quarter in the context of the match as South Korea looked to find the equalizer while the visitors looked to hold on to the lead.
The hosts tried to win back possession quickly and played some aggressive hockey in the final quarter but the Indian defence stood tall.
In the final few minutes, the hosts played with 11 outfield players, but India’s grit and determination helped them secure a second consecutive victory in the series.
India will play their third match of the five-match series against South Korea on March 8.