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Indian women play out 1-1 draw with South Korea

The Indian women’s hockey team played out a 1-1 draw against host South Korea in the last game on Sunday to win the five-match series 3-1.

Vandana Katariya gave India the lead in the 48th minute but the visitors’ joy was cut short when Bomi Kim scored the equaliser two minutes later.

The first quarter was keenly fought as both the teams adopted a patient approach to build their attacks. Players from both the teams defended well as a unit but failed to produce much going forward in the final third of the pitch.

The second quarter saw the host create better chances going forward and the World No. 9 side made some attacking forays into the Indian striking circle. South Korea earned two penalty corners but goalkeeper Rajani Etimarpu was up to the task as she made two great reflex saves to deny the host.

The Indians came out rejuvenated after half-time and focused on quick and precise passing. It took India 41 minutes to earn its first penalty corner but South Korea’s Mijin Han made a good save as the deadlock continued.

It was India who benefited first in the final quarter when Vandana shot in a a well-waited forward pass from skipper Rani Rampal in the 48th minute. However, the lead was short-lived as South Korea scored a field goal in the 50th minute through Bomi Kim to draw parity.

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