Korea defeated India 2-1 to register their first win in the Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh this evening.
Both the teams had lost their opening matches, with India going down 4-3 at the hands of Australia while Korea were beaten 3-2 via a final minute goal by Malaysia.
Thus it was vital for both teams to get a win to put their challenge back on track. And the Koreans looked the more determined side in the opening half.
However India lifted their game after the breather but paid the price for failing to take their chances.
"We played well but did not get the desired result. But I expect the team to improve and correct the mistakes they are doing<' said Indian team manager Roelant Oltmans.
"We were at sea in the first half but had a better second half and the fact that we had six penalty corners while conceding none outlines our domination in the second half.
"The tournament is far from over and playing Pakistan in our next game requires some planning as they have experienced players."
The Koreans dominated proceedings and the agile Indian custodian PR Sreejest kept them at bay, making some saves that were almost impossible.
Korea made it count from their second penalty corner as Nam Hyun Woo relayed the ball to the right for Kang Moon Kweon to deflect it into the roof of the India goal in the 29th minute.
Although Korea were awarded two more penalty corner in the closing minutes of the first half, they could not add to their tally.
India were on level terms four minutes upon resumption, thanks to some great work by Mndeep Singh on the right who evaded two defenders before setting up Malak Singh to tap into an empty goal.
Though India were awarded two penalty corners, Rupinder Pal Singh failed to make them count.
And they paid the price for it as a long hit by Jung Man Jae was met by a lurking Kang whose deft touch caught Sreejesh for Korea to lead 2-1.
Though India had a penalty corner in the 64th minute, Rupinder Pal failed to find the mark.