Korea Lift 3rd SAS Cup Via Nail-biting Penalty Shootout Against India

official photo
official photo

It was a final that was much-looked forward to when Korea played India last evening, as it was a repeat of the 2010 final. At the time, that match was washed out by a prolonged thunderstorm, resulting in the two teams being declared as joint champions of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.

Man of the Match (final): Jang Jong-hyun (25) / Korea
Man of the Match (final): Jang Jong-hyun (25) / Korea
Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Kim Jae-hyeon (1) / Korea
Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Kim Jae-hyeon (1) / Korea

It was not surprising that both Korea and India gave their all, but the game ended at a draw of 1 all at regulation time, forcing a penalty shootout to decide the match, which was won by Korea at 4-2.

Top Goal Scorer of the Tournament: Mandeep Singh (11) / India & Jang Jong-hyun (25) / Korea, tie at seven goals
Top Goal Scorer of the Tournament: Mandeep Singh (11) / India & Jang Jong-hyun (25) / Korea, tie at seven goals
Best Player of Tournament: Surender Kumar (6) / India
Best Player of Tournament: Surender Kumar (6) / India

What a heartbreak it was for India, to have appeared in eight finals in total, winning five, the most recent in 2010, when they were declared joint winners with Korea.

 Fairplay (Piala Raja Ashman Shah): Japan
Fairplay (Piala Raja Ashman Shah): Japan
3rd: Malaysia
3rd: Malaysia

Despite the many challenges faced by the organisers, it was still a tournament to remember, featuring India (World No. 5), Canada (#10), Korea (#17), Japan (#18), Poland (#21), besides host Malaysia (#13).

2nd: India
2nd: India
Champions: Korea
Champions: Korea

Roll of Honour:
Champions: Korea
Runner-up: India
Third place: Malaysia

Fourth place: Canada
Fifth place: Japan
Sixth place: Poland

group photo of Korea
group photo of Korea
 Korea's 3rd Sultan Azlan Shah Cup
Korea’s 3rd Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

Special Awards
Man of the Match (final): Jang Jong-hyun (25) / Korea
Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Kim Jae-hyeon (1) / Korea
Top Goal Scorer of the Tournament: Mandeep Singh (11) / India & Jang Jong-hyun (25) / Korea, tie at seven goals
Best Player of Tournament: Surender Kumar (6) / India
Fairplay (Piala Raja Ashman Shah): Japan

Korea celebrate
Korea celebrate

Event: 2019 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup – Day 6
Venue: Stadium Azlan Shah, Ipoh
Date: 30th March, 2019
Time: from 3.30pm

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