Asia Cup hockey: Indian women take on high-scoring Korea in semis

China play Japan in the second semifinal. The tournament champions get a direct entry in the World Cup next year.

updated: September 26, 2013 12:21 IST
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With an eye on next year's hockey World Cup, Indian women play South Korea in a semifinal match of the 8th Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur today. China play Japan in the other semifinal.

India claimed a hard-fought 2-0 win against Malaysia, with Poonam Rani and Lily Chanu Mayengbam both scoring crucial second half goals to end the host nation's title and World Cup qualification ambitions. The result sealed a second place finish in Pool A behind China, who on Tuesday powered to a 7-0 win over Hong Kong China to make it three tournament wins out of three.

Korea continued their superb run of form with a blistering 16-2 win against Chinese Taipei to seal their place at the top of Pool B, while Japan confirmed their place in the competition semifinals with a thoroughly convincing 12-0 drubbing of Kazakhstan.

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