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Crashing their hopes in three-match series against South Korea, Women in Blue lost their final battle to the hosts Koreans with a margin of 0-4 on Friday at Jincheon even after clinching two back to back victories in the three-match series. Despite performing with a great winning momentum India was not able to seal the series on a happy note.

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Right in the beginning of the third match, India’s defense came under pressure as the hosting team mounted successful raids into the striking circle in early hours of the match. Koreans created as many as five penalty corners in the beginning but were able to convert only one penalty corner in the 29th minute of the match.

The star player of South Korea Jang Heesan opened the account for his side which was later followed by simultaneous goals of Kim Hyunji and Kang Jina in the 41st minute. This took the hosting team to lead by 3-0 in the game against Indian women. The comeback for Indians became next to impossible after the third goal of Korea. In the 53rd minute, Lee Yuri’s winning knock sealed the tussle with a 4-0 win

The head coach of senior national women’s Hockey squad Sjoerd Marijne said on the painful defeat of India, “The learning process is always with ups and downs and today was one such experience where we had to deal with setbacks early on and could not recover. But this does not mean we won’t learn from this experience”. In their last tour against Malaysia, Indian women’s squad clinched a 4-0 victory under the guidance of Sjoerd Marijne.

Earlier in the opening match against South Korea, Indian Women’s squad defeated the Koreans with a margin of 2-1 and the credit of the astonishing win goes to young striker Lalremsiami and Navneet Kaur who scored two goals for their side against Koreans.

Though it was not a good ending for Indian Women in Korean tour but the three-match series boosted their confidence to participate in FIH Women’s Series Finals with a better game style. The final showdown is scheduled to be held at Hiroshima on June 15.

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