India win series 3-1 after final game of South Korea Hockey Tour ends as draw

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India win series 3-1 after final game of South Korea Hockey Tour ends as draw

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SportsCafe Desk

03/11/2018

The Indian women’s hockey team won the South Korean five-match tour with 3-1 after drawing the final game of the tour 1-1. The hosts had a late chance to win the match, and make the scoreline a comprehensive one, but squandered the chance after failing to convert a 54th-minute penalty corner.

After clinching the series in the fourth match of the tournament with a 3-1 scoreline, the Indian women’s hockey team were looking to end the series on a high when they faced South Korea in the final match of the tour on Sunday. Both the teams shared the spoils as the match ended in a 1-1 draw which meant that India had clinched the five-match tour with a 3-1 victory over the hosts.

Both the teams showed patience while attacking in the first quarter as Korea especially did not allow the Indian attackers to find an opening in the Korean half. Thus the scoreline read 0-0 at the end of the first quarter. South Korea started to dominate in the second quarter and were troubling the Indian defense with repetitive attacking moves which earned them two penalty corners. However, Indian goalkeeper  Rajani Etimarpu's sublime reflexes ensured that the teams headed into the halftime with the scoreboard reading 0-0.

India came back strong in the third quarter as they kept on creating chances after chances troubling the South Korean defense with their passing and runs. The constant pressure resulted in the visitors being awarded their first penalty corner in the 41st minute but it was saved by Mijin Han to deny the visitors from taking a lead in the match.

With both teams realizing that it was the final quarter of the tour, they started to throw caution to the wind and a well-waited pass from India’s skipper Rani was converted by Vandana Katariya to break the deadlock in the 48th minute of the match. The hosts replied with a field scored by Bomi Kim in the 50th minute of the match. The hosts even had a chance to take the lead and finish the tour with a win as they squandered a 54th-minute penalty corner shot as the match ended with a 1-1 draw.

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