India eye Asia Cup Hockey title win for direct qualification

The Sardar Singh-led Indian side will be in no mood to wait till November and would be desperate to secure their direct ticket to Hague with a win over South Korea on Sunday.

updated: August 31, 2013 10:14 IST
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Ipoh, Malaysia: Their World Cup berth all but secured, a confident India would look to book a direct ticket to next year's mega-event by winning the ongoing ninth Asia Cup hockey tournament when they clash with defending champions South Korea, here on Sunday.

Both India and Malaysia have virtually qualified for the World Cup to be held at The Hague, Netherlands after South Korea shut the door on Pakistan with a narrow 2-1 win in the first semifinal.

Pakistan, record four time World Cup champions, will be missing the show-piece event for the first time since the inception of the tournament in 1971.

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