Asian Champions Trophy: Sreejesh's injury haunts India ahead of South Korea tie

News Agencies | First published: 28 October 2016, 17:36 IST
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India are hopeful of producing the magic to surmount the challenge from resurgent South Korea in the semi-finals of the fourth Asian Champions Trophy despite ankle injury to ace custodian PR Sreejesh.

The other worry for India is deep defender Surender Kumar's suspension.

Seeking to reclaim the title that they won in the inaugural edition in 2011, fancied India were held to a 1-1 draw by the young South Korean side, which has improved with every outing.

India topped the round-robin league standings, but did not know their semi-final opponents until the end of last league encounter between the Koreans and hosts Malaysia.

The Koreans led by a goal until four minutes from the hooter before a penalty corner produced the Malaysian equaliser and got the home side the second place in the league standings.

"South Korea is a good side that has improved its quality throughout this tournament. We saw yesterday what they can do," said Indian coach Roelant Oltmans.

"The Korean strength lies in their defence. It will all depend on how we can break past their defence," said Oltmans, hoping his own defence would overcome the problems confronting the team.