Kuantan: Indian hockey manager Roelant Oltmans on Saturday singled out star midfielder Sardar Singh for special regard after a group staged a conspicuous fightback to kick South Korea and enter a final of a fourth Asian Champions Trophy during Kuantan.
India came behind into a diversion after slipping behind South Korea with usually 7 mins remaining in a semi-final contest.
“Trailing 1-2, we indispensable something special to get behind in a competition and that flicker was supposing by Sardar Singh,” pronounced Oltmans, praising a former India captain and a many gifted member of a patrol for environment adult a 55th notation idea that warranted India 2-2 relation after they had slipped behind.
India went on to win a chastisement shootout 5-4 as seasoned protector PR Sreejesh thwarted a final South Korean try by Lee Dae-Yeol.
Leading by an early idea by Talwinder Singh in a 15th minute, India saw South Korea make it 1-1 by a margin idea by Seo In-Woo in a 21st minute. The Koreans went 2-1 forward in a 53rd notation on a chastisement cadence acclimatisation by Yang Ji-Hun.
The chastisement cadence came after a excellent renew expelled a vigour opposite a Indians.
Producing his aged flicker when India were underneath extensive pressure, Sardar changed in along a goal-line on a right side and went past a integrate of Koreans before flitting a round for Ramandeep Singh to crack into a goal.
“Sardar combined a shining goal, that’s what he is in a group for,” pronounced Oltmans.
“South Koreans played a really defensive arrangement and they were formidable to break.”
This idea saved a blushes for pre-tournament favourites India, who had slipped behind on a defensive relapse dual mins progressing opposite a rivals who played with a packaged counterclaim via a match.
“Down 1-2 with usually 7 mins to go, a boys showed their solve for a fightback,” pronounced Oltmans.
The immature South Korean outfit had hold India to a 1-1 pull in their round-robin joining encounter. It was a usually diversion a Indians did not win in a rough league. Oltmans pronounced India had 3 good buliding and one bad one during law duration today, though that one entertain could have busted everything.
“The Koreans sealed their domain by mostly removing 8 players behind to defend,” pronounced Oltmans.
This is India’s third entrance into a final of a Asian Champions Trophy, whose initial book it won in 2011 and were runners adult to Pakistan in 2012.