Asia Cup Hockey 2013 semifinal, India play Malaysia in semis, Pakistan face Korea.India will play against Host team Malaysia and Pakistan play vs South Korea team in Semifinals of Hockey Asia Cup 2013 on 28 August 2013. Pakistan, India, South Korea, Malaysia team qualify for Semi Final matches of Asia Cup 2013 hockey in Malaysia.
India rode on goals from Raghunath (6 minutes) and Singh (65) to get the best from South Korea in Pool B Cup Asia League match in Ipoh on Monday evening. 2-0 win takes India to top their group with six points from two games. India had pumped in eight goals without reply in their first match against Oman on Saturday.Win on Monday ensures India pavement in the semifinals. It is scheduled twice former world champion to play minnows Bangladesh on Wednesday and a victory will mean that India avoid a semi-final meeting with arch-rivals Pakistan, who became the first team to make the round of the last four after beating hosts Malaysia 4-1 on Sunday.India must win the Asia Cup to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in The Hague. With at least five missing from the top stars on the line-up, and the youth team under Dutch coach Roelant Oltmans pressure to deliver.
In the Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium, Ipoh on Monday, India was lucky to come away with full points against the raging Korean side who did everything but score. The goalkeeper was outstanding Sreejesh Day, no less than five great saves to earn the award earned the game.India took an early lead in the sixth minute with Raghunath scoring from a penalty corner. It was only a short corner that came the way of India in the whole game. Koreans wasted five short corners in the competition and all of them in the first half. India defended well with Rupinderpal Singh Singh and Gurmail spoil the rhythm of Korean with interceptions in a timely manner.
Sreejesh, of course, stood like a wall of China.Despite the territorial advantage and more possession of the ball, Korea failed to score. After their backs to the wall, and the Indians came from their cocoon in the late second session. Hit the five minutes before the whistle for those crisp shot from top of the circle after a Dharamvir diagonal pass division of the Korean defense.South Korea is the only Asian team to qualify for the World Cup finals. I got the Asian Cup champions monkey off their backs after Argentina won the continental tournament for countries of America, which raised the Koreans among the first reserves to become the eighth team to qualify for this special event.
Already through to the semi-finals, a goal India is optimistic to keep the juggernaut rolling win and put an end to the group stage with a thumping victory over minnows Bangladesh in Asia Cup Hockey Tournament here on Wednesday.After winning back-to-back against Oman and defending champions South Korea, Indians and brimming with confidence, but they can not afford to relax in the eight-nation tournament, which needed to win to qualify for the World Cup finals next year in The Hague, the Netherlands.India sealed their semi-final place after the shock champions South Korea 2-0 in the second match B assembly in the Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium yesterday.