The Indian men's hockey team failed to make it to the 2022 Hero Asia Cup finals after playing out an electrifying 4-4 draw against Korea at the GBK Sports Complex Hockey Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia on Tuesday (May 31).
In a nail-baiting contest, Nilam Sanjeep Xess (9'), Maninder Singh (21'), Sheshe Gowda BM (22'), and Mareeswaran Shakthivel (37') stepped up for India, while Jang Jonghyun (13'), Ji Woo Cheon (18'), Kim Jung Hoo (28'), and Jung Manjae (44') gave a tough fight to level the scores for the Korean side.
The finals spot came down to the goal difference factor. With Korea and Malaysia leading on goal difference in the Super 4s pool points table, it was a must-win situation for the Indian side to reach the final.
After finishing with a draw against South Korea, India will now take on Japan for a third-place clash.
Asia Cup 2022: India will take on Japan in bronze medal clash
The Indian men's hockey team will now take on Japan in the bronze-medal clash on Wednesday (June 1).
The Birendra Lakra-led Indian side have already faced Japan twice in the hockey tournament. First, Japan defeated the young Indian side 2-5 in a pool stage match on Tuesday (May 24).
However, the Indian men's hockey team humbled Japan 2-1 to avenge their loss in the next Super 4s match at the ongoing Hero Asia Cup 2022 on Saturday (May 28).
India vs Japan bronze medal match details:
Date: June 1, 2022; Timings: 2:00pm (IST)
Live streaming details:
The Asia Cup 2022 matches will be telecast live on Star Sports Select 2 SD + HD and Disney+ Hotstar.