Pakistan hold South Korea 3-3 in a thriller

South Korea struck a last minute goal to draw 3-3 with Pakistan in the ongoing Junior Asia Cup in Hyderabad.

updated: July 17, 2008 16:08 IST
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Pakistan conceded a last minute goal to allow South Korea escape with a 3-3 draw in a thrilling pool 'B' match in the sixth men's junior Asia Cup hockey tournament at the Gachibowli stadium here on Sunday.

After being 0-2 down at the breather, Pakistan made a spirited fightback to take a 3-2 lead three minutes from the final hooter but failed to stop Lee Yong Kuk of South Korea to convert a penalty corner in the last minute.

After a win and a draw from two matches, both Pakistan and South Korea are on four points each and both can go to the semifinals with either a win or a draw in their final matches on Tuesday against Bangladesh and Oman respectively.

Hosts India had already made it to the semifinals from pool 'A'.

South Korea put up an impressive performance in the first half and Nam Hyun Woo put them into lead by converting their second penalty corner in the 14th minute before Lim Woo Geun sounded the board from another penalty corner in 33rd minute.

The Pakistanis fought back in the second half with Inayat Ullah first reducing the margin through a field goal in the 50th minute and then levelled the score in the 55th minute via a Kashif Ali penalty corner conversion.

Pumped up by the two goals in quick succession, Pakistan went for the kill and it was Kashif Ali who put them ahead for the first time in the match in the 67th minute by converting another penalty corner.

Just as it looked like the Koreans would bite the dust after doing so well in the first half, Lee Yong Kuk saved the day for the East Asians by converting a penalty corner in the last minute of the game to the huge disappointment of the Pakistanis.