Hockey: India go down to South Korea 1-4

The Indian hockey team’s poor performance in the London Olympics continued as they suffered their fourth consecutive loss, going down 1-4 to South Korea in their penultimate group B match at the Riverbank Arena here yesterday.

Right-time Olympic champions, India returned to the Games after missing out on Beijing in 2008, were outpaced by the South Koreans.

You Hyo Sik (right) is challenged by Gurbaj Singh in London yesterday. Pic/AFP

The South Koreans, who had suffered a 1-2 loss to lowly-ranked Belgium in their last match, played with vengeance. They were impeccable from their penalty corners, converting three of the five chances that came their way. Hyun Woo Nam (60th, 70th) struck twice while Jong Hyun Jang (6th) and Lee Seung (68th) got goals apiece. India were pathetic with their penalty corner conversions, misfiring all the four chances they got. Gurwinder Singh Chandi (10th) scored the only goal for India.

Indians are at the bottom of the group with no points from four matches. India in their last group encounter face Belgium here Tuesday.

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