Defending Champions settled for Silver as Korea beats India in Women Asian Champions Trophy Final

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Report by Avilash Panigrh, Bhubaneswar: Indian women’s Hockey Team went down fighting to host Korea 0-1 in a thrilling final match of the 5th Asian Champions Trophy and settles for silver at the Donghae City, Korea. Indian eve qualified for the final by finishing at the top of the table, after the group stage.
Indian team was unbeaten in the tournament, having won against Japan (4-1), China (3-1) and Malaysia (3-2) and a draw against the host (1-1) in the league matches of the Tournament.

South Korean player Youngsil opened his team account with a field goal in the 24th minute. India tried to accelerate the game by speeding up the game, but failed score a goal. In this match both teams got the chance to see the performance of good defenses. For this reason, none of the two teams in the first quarter were able to stain. The defense of the Indian team was doing a good job, but it needed to score goals for victory. The Indian team could not score a single goal. Despite showing an attacking game, the Indian team could not score a goal and in the end they had to face 0-1 defeat to South Korea. In another match the Chinese beat Malaysians by 2-0 to lift bronze medal.

Former Indian skipper Padmashree Dilip Tirkey congratulated the Sunita Lakra led Indians for their silver medal.

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