Indian eves draw 1-1 against South Korea; win series 3-1

The Indian women’s hockey team played out a 1-1 draw against hosts South Korea in the last game to clinch the five-match series 3-1.

The Indian side won the five-match tour 3-1. (File Image)   -  Asia Hockey

The Indian women’s hockey team drew 1-1 against hosts South Korea in the last game to win the five-match series 3-1 on Sunday. Both the teams scored a goal each in the final quarter of the match to share the honours.

Vandana Katariya gave India the lead in the 48th minute but the visitor’s joy was cut short when South Korea’s Bomi Kim (50’) scored the equaliser two minutes later.

The first quarter was keenly fought as both the teams adopted a patient approach to build their attacks. Players from both the teams defended well but failed to find success in front of goal and the scoreline remained 0-0 at the end of the first quarter.

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The second quarter saw the hosts create better chances going forward and make some attacking forays into the Indian striking circle. South Korea earned two penalty corners, but Indian goalkeeper Rajani Etimarpu was up to the task as she made two great reflex saves to keep the scores level.

The Indian side came out rejuvenated after half-time and focused on quick and precise passing. It took them 41 minutes to earn their first penalty corner but South Korea’s Mijin Han made a good save and the deadlock continued.

In the last quarter, both the teams looked to finish off the series on a good note and created more chances. It was India which benefited first when Vandana shot in a well-waited forward pass from skipper Rani Rampal in the 48th minute. However, the lead was short-lived as South Korea scored a field goal in the 50th minute through Bomi Kim to draw parity.

Both teams attacked vigorously in the last 10 minutes but there was no change in the scoreline.