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Asian Champions Trophy 2023: India defeats Korea, Books Semifinal Slot

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The Indian men’s hockey team booked their semifinal slot of Asian Champions Trophy by maintaining their winning streak and defeating the reigning champions South Korea 3-1 in a match at the Mayor Radhakrishnan Arena in Chennai on Monday.

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The Indian squad got off to a strong start against the reigning champions by attacking right away after an assured victory against Malaysia.

Nilakanta Sharma netted India’s opening goal in the sixth minute by scooping the ball into the roof of the net following some outstanding effort by Sukhjeet Singh on the flank and close to the Korean goal.

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In the following minute, Korea responded with a stunning attack, but the Indian defense held firm. Korea scored the equalizer in the 12th minute after Indian keeper Krishan Pathak made a little error, allowing Lee Juyoung’s strike to go in.

In the second quarter, Korea had a strong start, but Indian goalkeeper PR Sreejesh made two saves to keep India in the match.

India won three consecutive penalty corners in the 23rd minute, with captain Harmanpreet Singh scoring the third to put India up 2-1 of Korea.

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Manpreet Singh, a midfielder, was observed performing defensive responsibilities as the Indian team successfully defended the remainder of the quarter to keep the Koreans out of their path.

After that, it Korea got nine straight penalty corners in the span of 10 minutes. India only managed to escape owing to PR Sreejesh and some outstanding rushing from Amit Rohidas and Manpreet Singh.

In the 58th minute, Yang Juhu scored to give Korea a little chance, but the Indian side held on to the lead in the closing moments to secure a spot in the semifinals.

India will play against Pakistan in the final match of the group on August 9.

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