Asian Champions Trophy 2016: Sardar Singh’s sorcery brought India behind into game, says Roelant Oltmans

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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.

File print of Roelant Oltmans. Getty ImagesFile print of Roelant Oltmans. Getty Images

File print of Roelant Oltmans. Getty Images

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.