Holders South Korea outclass China with 4-1 victory

KARACHI: Defending champions South Korea outclassed China 4-1 in the 2017 Men’s Asia Cup Hockey Tournament at the Moulana Bhashani Hockey National Stadium in Dhaka on Monday. With this win, Korea entered the Super-4 stage and will play top-ranked India on Wednesday while Pakistan will take on Malaysia as the tournament inches closer to an exciting title clash on October 22. Though the first quarter began with the two teams showcasing skill and strategy that was on par with each other, Korea drew the first blood to put pressure on Chinese defence. It was Jonghyun Jang who successfully converted a penalty corner to fetch Korea a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute. The second quarter saw some tense moments with China missing out on crucial chances. It was not until the 38th minute when Talake Du scored an equalizer through a PC. Jonghyun scored his second goal of the match in the 43rd minute through another PC and took a 2-1 lead.

The defending champs built on their momentum with two more goals in the final quarter via field goal by Seongkyu Kim (47 min) followed by Jihun Yang (57 min) successful PC to win the match.

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