Dhaka: Defending Champions Korea outclassed China with a 4-1 win here at the Hero Asia Cup 2017 here at the Moulana Bhashani Hockey National Stadium on Monday.
With this win, Korea make the Super 4s 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 Jang 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?) followed by Jihun Yang (57?) successful PC to win the match.
On Wednesday, the Super 4s stage will see Malaysia take on Pakistan in the first match while India will play against defending champions Korea in the second match.—PPI