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”Boys defended properly,” says hockey participant Mandeep Singh after India beat South Korea

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], August 8 (ANI): The Indian males’s hockey group beat South Korea 3-2 in a decent match within the Asian Champions Trophy on Monday on the Mayor Radhakrishnan Stadium, solidifying their place on the high of the factors desk and guaranteeing them a semifinal spot.

After the win, Mandeep Singh, who scored a objective within the match, mentioned that the boys defended properly and the group wanted to win this match.

India’s targets got here from midfielder Nilakanta Sharma (6′), captain Harmanpreet Singh (23′), and Mandeep Singh (33′), whereas Korea’s targets got here from Sunghyun Kim (12′) and Jihun Yang (58′).

While talking to ANI, Mandeep Singh mentioned, ”I might say that it turned out to be an excellent match. It was a troublesome one. The rating was 3-2. The boys defended properly from behind. We needed to win this match so we’re blissful.”On Wednesday, the eagerly anticipated India vs. Pakistan sport will happen. The 2023 Asian Champions Trophy round-robin match might be India’s final sport.

Mandeep Singh mentioned, ”We are excited forward of the match in opposition to Pakistan as a result of it’s a difficult match. The crowd will even get pleasure from it and for us, we are going to give our 200 per cent. We will play our sport as per our construction. The plan can be to create extra PC (penalty nook) probabilities.”He additional acknowledged, ”Definitely as a result of earlier than Asian Games a match like this was vital. This will assist us perceive our sport higher. It might be good coaching for us. Before the Asian Games, we are going to know extra about our opponents.”India, which is presently ranked fourth in males’s hockey by the FIH, received off to a powerful begin. In the sixth minute, deft stickwork by Sukhjeet Singh and a subsequent glorious move enabled Nilakanta Sharma to attain the sport’s first objective.

Nineteenth-ranked Korea answered six minutes later. Sunghyun Kim scored the equaliser by bursting into the free house contained in the circle and defeating Indian custodian Krishan Bahadur Pathak.

Despite Korea’s common circle penetrations, the Indian hockey squad dedicated a lot of assaults. When Mandeep Singh related with a Korean defender’s foot within the twenty second minute, India was awarded their first penalty nook.

Harmanpreet Singh’s preliminary drag-flick try was stopped on the road, however on his second try, he managed to get previous the Korean defenders and make it 2-1. Harmanpreet Singh scored his fifth objective of the match with this effort.

In the second minute of the second half, after Amit Rohidas had did not intercept Harmanpreet Singh’s ball within the circle, Korea was awarded their first penalty nook of the sport. Korea, although, was unable to make a distinction.

Mandeep Singh fired a low shot on the reverse to make it 3-1 as quickly as India countered. In the forty seventh minute, India had a possibility to extend their lead, however Harmanpreet Singh missed a penalty shot.

In the next ten minutes, Korea gained as many as eight penalty corners, however brave defence by Indian rushers Amit Rohidas and Manpreet Singh denied the reigning champions an opportunity to capitalise.India stored its two-goal lead till the ultimate siren.

After defeating the People’s Republic of China 7-2 of their opening match, India was tied 1-1 by Japan within the earlier video games. In the third sport, India triumphed 5-0 over Malaysia. (ANI)