Korea stage great fight back, beat Japan in penalty shoot-out to win Asian Hockey Champions Trophy
Dhaka, December 22, 2021
South Korea dashed Japan’s hope of winning another continental title as they beat the Asian Games champions 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out to clinch the Hero Asian Champions Trophy at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Wednesday evening.
Earlier, India beat Pakistan 4-3 to win the bronze medal.
Japan failed to defend a 3-1 lead and later in the penalty shoot-out muffed the first and third and with that their chances of winning the trophy went up in smoke.
Both the teams were level 3-3 at the end of the regulation time, leading to the penalty shoot-out in which Korea beat Japan, winning their first title at the competition.
In a well contested final, South Korea took the lead in the eighth minute through Jeong Jun-woo (1-0).
The Japanese bounced back strongly by not only equalizing the goal but also taking the lead through Ken Nagayoshi (1-1) and Ryoma Ooka (2-1) before half time.
Eight minutes into the second half, Yoshika Kirishita scored the third goal for Japan (3-1) and looked on their way to victory but a late double by Jang Jong-hyun remarkably took the match to penalties.
Jang scored in the 55th, before getting the equaliser in the last seconds to make it 3-3.
In the shoot-out, South Korean captain Lee Jung-jun, Ji Woo-cheon and Hwang Tae-il scored before Lee scored the winner.
Raiki Fujishima missed Japan's opener and Kosei Kawabe missed the third, while Ryoma Ooka and captain Seren Tanaka managed to score but their efforts failed to help the team .