S. Korea defeats India 3-2 in Malaysia

India has lost 3-2 to South Korea in the Sultan Azlan Shah hockey tournament in Malaysia.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:05 IST
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Kuala Lumpur:

India's experimental hockey team continues to be winless in the Sultan Azlan Shah tournament in Malaysia. Today's 3-2 loss to South Korea means India has had four defeats and one draw from five matches. Their last game is against Spain on Friday. India was leading 1-0 today till the 24th minute after a Len Aiyappa penalty corner. With Jugraj Singh still expected to be out for a few more months, India seems to have found an able replacement in Len Aiyappa. The Bangalore boy who plies his trade in the Malaysian League opened the scoring for India in the 18th minute. A controversial referee's decision gave Korea the equalizer before Yeo Woon Kon put the Busan Asian Games gold medallists 2-1 up just before half time. The second half had barely started when the Korean's went up 3-1 as Yeo Woon Kon served up a brilliant reverse flick for his second goal of the game. A penalty from Arjun Halappa took the tally to 3-2 as India failed to equalize, giving South Korea an easy win in today's match. India is still at the bottom of the seven-nation hockey tournament.