As it happened: Azlan Shah Cup, India vs New Zealand

As it happened: Azlan Shah Cup, India vs New Zealand

The Indian defence once again failed to hold fort and let a goal in during the final minutes as they lost after drawing the first game against Korea in the Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey tournament.

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India on Sunday drew 2-2 with Korea to make a satisfactory start to their campaign in the 24th Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament, in what was Dutchman Paul van Ass' first match as the team's chief coach.

India took the lead through Nikkin Thimmaiah (10th minute) before Korea scored twice through Hyesung Hyun (24th) and Seongkyu Lee (53rd) to reverse the scoreline. VR Raghunath (56th) came to India's rescue with a penalty corner conversion as both the teams took away one point each from the fixture.

The match was of immense importance for the Indians, who are witnessing a transition phase post Terry Walsh era. It was Van Ass' maiden assignment as India coach and at the end of the day he probably would have been mighty relieved with the ultimate scoreline.