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ACT M 2016: Seung Song Tae: We will learn from Ind (10/27/2016)
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Times have changed. Rather quickly. Even five years before Indians were telling the world that they learn from Korea for player fitness, prowess in the penalty corner conversions, set piece and every department of the game that brings wins.

Now, at least their coach, says that the Korean team will will learn from India when it plays the semifinal on Saturday in the fourth Asian Champions Trophy in Kuantan.

Seung Song Tae, who tore Indian defence in every major FIH and AHF events in the 90s, who is now in charge of coach under the guidance of Paul Lisske, rates India high. "My boys are new. They are preparing for World Hockey League. Due to various factors they don't get international exposure. By playing tomorrow in the semis, especially against top ranked India, my set of boys will experience international hockey, and the intensity which goes with it", Seung Song Tae explained.

undefined However, its worthwhile to mention here that its Korea that halted India's winning free here in Kuantan in the league with a commendable draw.

India has beaten all other teams quite comfortably in the six-nation event held on round robin format in the first phase.

The match of the league between Malaysia and Korea determined India's Saturday semifinal rival in the fourth Asian Champions Trophy.

However, till 56h minute it appeared India will engage Pakistan, as Korea was leading with a solitary goal obtained in the 38th minute. A Korean win would have pitted them again against Malaysia in the semis.

However, ever-reliable Rahim Razie converted Malaysia's last penalty corner in the 56th minute to force a draw. It meant Malaysia finished the league with 10 points, Korea 8 while Pakistan with three wins made nine points.

Korea finished fourth in the table and thus will engage former champions India whom they drew in the league.

"Its good to see India on top in Asia. They played the Rio Olympics, and are far better than many other teams at present."

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