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Hockey Round-Up: Swati stands tall as India edge South Korea

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Mar 6, 2018, 1:37 am IST
Updated : Mar 6, 2018, 1:38 am IST

In other matches, England play neighbours Ireland while Argentina square off against hosts Malaysia.

India men are currently fourth with a loss and a draw.
 India men are currently fourth with a loss and a draw.

New Delhi: India’s women’s hockey team defeated South Korea 1-0 in their opening match of a five-game series in Seoul, on Monday.

India scored early through Lalremsiami (5th minute) at the Jinchun National Athletic Center and then defended stoutly to hold on to the lead for a morale-boosting win.

India appeared positive from the word go and were rewarded for their intent when Lalremsiami found the back of the net past goalkeeper Han Mijin.

In the second quarter, they were rewarded with a penalty corner in the 18th minute, but Han came to her side’s rescue. In the 23rd minute, India conceded a penalty corner but debutant goalkeeper Swati made a fine save.

It was a crucial phase in the match as world no. 9 South Korea were constantly looking for an opening but the Indian defence stood tall.

The 24-year-old Indian goalkeeper saved two penalty corners in the final quarter and then kept out a penalty stroke in the 50th minute to deny the hosts.

Australia await India in Azlan Shah
In Ipoh, Malaysia, the men’s team face an uphill task as they take on world champions Australia in a crucial match of the Azlan Shah Cup. After a loss and a draw, India are fourth in the six-team tournament with one point. Australia, on the other hand, are atop the table with two wins from as many games.

India cannot afford another loss if they wish to stay afloat in the tournament.

In other matches, England play neighbours Ireland while Argentina square off against hosts Malaysia.

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