India look for another win

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India defeated Pakistan 4-2, three of which came in the second half, to register their first win in the tournament on Friday after a dismal show in their opening match against a lowly China where they needed a goal 17 seconds from the hooter to snatch a 1-1 draw.

India will also go into the match with an upper hand over Korea after having thrashed then 7-2 in their last meeting at the 2007 Asia Cup final in Chennai. The Indians, however, cannot afford to be complacent as after their shocking 1-1 draw against hosts Malaysia, the nimble-footed Koreans will be desperate to return to winning ways.

The Koreans started their campaign in style, outclassing Egypt 6-0 in their tournament opener but failed to live up to expectation  and slumped to the unexpected draw.

India’s national coach Harendra Singh had already warned the players not to get carried away after the Pakistan win and said the match against korea would be battle of equals.
“Do not read much into the win over Pakistan for there are many areas we need to work on and improve upon. The Koreans are a fast and skillful side and it will be an interesting match given the fact that both teams have dropped two points from drawn matches,” Harendra said. Notwithstanding the draw against Malaysia, Korean coach Shin Seok Kyo was optimistic about his team’s chances against India. “It will be totally different tomorrow as we have analysed the performance of the Indian team.

“We have all the respect for them as they are playing with such passion as evident in their match against Pakistan. But the three points are vital towards our quest to make the finals,” Shin said.

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