JOHOR BARU: South Korea, 4-0 down at half-time, hit six amazing second-half goals to beat India 6-4 in their Sultan of Johor Cup junior hockey tournament at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium here yesterday.
This was really a match of two halves as India dominated the first and South Korea the other.
Sampath Kumar opened the scoring for India in the fourth minute before Malak Singh netted a brace of field goals in the 16th and 29th minutes.
When Talwinder Singh made it 4-0 in the 31st minute, it looked like India would be going on a rampage.
There was a rampage after the break, but not by the Indians.
The Koreans were a transformed side after the break and needed just four minutes to get going.
Three quick goals in three minutes reduced the deficit to 3-4.
Skipper Yang Ji-hun was on target in the 39th minute before Yoon Dong-hyeon struck twice in the 41st and 42nd minutes.
With India reeling from the triple blow, Ji-hung went on to complete his hat-trick with two more goals in the 48th and 56th minutes.
Hwang Tae-il then sealed an amazing comeback with the sixth and final goal in the 59th minute for a famous win.
Indian coach Mukesh Kumar blamed his players’ over-confidence for their downfall.
“You have to play the same way in each half and not lose focus when leading. Giving away three goals in three minutes was the killer. You can’t win matches this way,” he said.
“It is a good lesson for the players. Now we must bounce back for the next game against Australia.”
After the 10-goal thriller, the second match was a bit of a letdown as New Zealand could only edge Pakistan 1-0.
The Kiwis took a seventh minute lead when they were awarded a penalty stroke, which skipper Nicholas Ross cooly converted.