Korea Lift 3rd SAS Cup Via Nail-biting Penalty Shootout Against India
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.
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.
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.
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).
Roll of Honour:
Third place: Malaysia
Fourth place: Canada
Fifth place: Japan
Sixth place: Poland
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
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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