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South Korea's Hoon Yoon Sung (right) tussling for the ball with India's Gurmail Singh during their Asia Cup match at the Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium in Ipoh on Aug 26, 2013.
IPOH: India registered a hard-fought 2-0 win over defending champions South Korea for their second win in Group B Monday to qualify for the Asia Cup semi-finals.
India, who trounced Oman 8-0 in the first match, should have no problem beating win-less Bangladesh Wednesday to top the table.
The Koreans, who have qualified for next year’s World Cup in Holland, have three points from two matches and they are expected to beat Oman Wednesday to reach the semis.
India, who have yet to qualify for next year’s World Cup, started off well by taking the lead off their first penalty corner in the sixth minute with V. K. Raghunath’s low flick sailing past goalkeeper Lee Myung-ho.
The Koreans had their chances, earning five penalty corners in the first half but failed to convert.
The Koreans continued to pile on the pressure after the breather but India goalkeeper P. R. Sreejesh was in superb form.
Mandeep Singh sealed the match for India in the 65th minute off a powerful hit from the top D.
Indian coach Roelant Oltmans said that the Koreans were a better side in the first half.
“We were lucky that we did not concede a goal from the five penalty corners.
“But we managed to score from the only penalty corner we earned in the whole match. We played much better in the second half but we missed a number of sitters,” said the Dutch coach.
In another Group B match, Oman clinched their first win by beating Bangladesh 4-2.
Rajab Basin Khatar scored a brace for Oman in the 45th and 59th minutes. Hashim Ghanim Ramadhan (29th) and Mohammad Hoobais Al Shar (43rd) contributed the other goals.
Mohammad Roman Sarkar (53rd) and Mamunur Rahman Chayan (69th) replied for Bangladesh.
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