With this win in the ninth-10th place play-off match, India had managed to avenge upon their 3-4 loss to South Korea in the final of last year's Asia Cup in Ipoh, Malaysia. The second Indian penalty corner came after India sought a video referral that the ball had struck a Korean defender's foot inside the circle. Rupinder's drag-flick struck Hong Eun-seong's body on the goal line and the resultant penalty stroke was converted by strapping defender. Panel to review teams’ shoddy performance (JPN/Agencies)
Akashdeep opened India's account in the sixth minute by tapping in a square-pass from SV Sunil and then rounded off the scoring with a reverse hit in a crowded circle in the 50th minute.
In between, Rupinder Pal Singh converted a penalty stroke in the 42nd minute after his penalty corner flick was stopped by a defender with body on the goal-line.
India ended the World Cup one notch below their eighth-place finish at New Delhi edition in 2010.
The first raid gave India the lead in the sixth minute of play when captain Sardar Singh fed Sunil the ball on the right flank in a counter-attack starting from inside the Indian circle.
Sunil moved up, down the flank beating the only defender blocking his view of the goal and drew out the Korean goalkeeper before squaring the ball for Akashdeep to flick into an open goal.
South Korea posed a threat to India in the 10th minute when unmarked Jeon Byung-jin picked up a pass on top of the circle and had only the goalkeeper PR Sreejesh in front. But as he took the shot after tapping the ball into the circle Rupinder dived across to deflect the ball out.
A sustained Indian pressure on the rival circle in the 20th minute saw the Koreans put up a solid defence to keep the ball out of the scoring area and curbing the space available for the Indian strikers.
Rupinder again deftly tackled Korean striker Jeon Byung-jin on top of the circle in the 27th minute. Three minutes later, India came close to scoring again when Sunil dribbled into the circle after picking up a long aerial ball on the 25-yard line.
Sunil's cross from an acute angle could not be deflected into the goal by Akashdeep and the ball rebounded off the far post.
India forced their first penalty corner in the 32nd minute when Lalit Upadhyay was stick-checked by Korean captain Lee Seun-gil in the circle, but VR Raghunath's drag-flick was palmed away by the goalkeeper.
Continuing to play a fine game, Indian defender Rupinder made a diving save with just three seconds left in the first half. The umpire blew for a penalty corner thinking the Korean striker was obstructed, but it was declared a clean tackle on video referral by India.
South Korea's goalkeeper Lee Myung-ho padded away a flick by Akashdeep off a Manpreet Singh pass four minutes into the second session before Sardar earned India their second penalty corner in the 42nd minute.
Yuvraj Walmiki had a chance to increase India's lead in the 48th minute when he received a diagonal ball from SK Uthappa on top of the circle and had only the goalkeeper to beat. But Walmiki's reverse hit went wide.
Akashdeep then sent an opportunistic reverse hit into the boards in the 50th minute after a combined move between Sunil and Dharamvir Singh rattled the Korean defence.
India played with just 10 players for 10 minutes in the last quarter when defender Gurbaz Singh was sent off with a yellow card after a deliberate obstruction to stop a Korean striker sprinting down the left flank.
Gurbaz's foul also gave South Korea their first penalty corner in the 55th minute, where Nam Hyun-woo's shot was saved by an onrushing Rupinder. The Indian defender, however, had to leave the field with an ice pack after being struck on the right arm.
The Koreans forced another penalty corner in the 60th minute, but failed to make an impact on the Indian defence.
Hockey India constituted a strong 11-member committee to evaluate India's pathetic performance in the World Cup at The Hague, Netherlands. India finished fifth in the six-team preliminary Group A, winning just one match and drawing one from their five outings.
The committee -- named as Team, Coaching and High Performance Evaluation Committee -- will consists of nine former players, a representative from the Sports Authority of India besides HI secretary general Narinder Batra as the chairman.
The former players, who will be part of the panel which will conduct post mortem of the team's performance, are Harbinder Singh, Ajit Pal Singh, Col Balbir Singh, B P Govinda, Ashok Kumar, S S Grewal, Jagbir Singh, A B Subbaiah and Samir Dad.
HI's chief executive officer Elena Norman has been named as the convenor of the committee.
"The above has been necessitated after observing the men's team's performance in the 2014 World Cup at The Hague," HI secretary general Narinder Batra said in a statement.
"We should only be thankful to the team goalkeeper P R Sreejesh that we did not finish at the bottom of the pool to play for 11 and 12 positions, nothing could have been worse than that," he said.
"This committee from now on will evaluate all events and will also visit coaching camps to see if the things are moving in the right direction. This committee is for both men and women," he said.
Batra informed that the performance review meeting will be a three-day affair and will be held here from June 30 till July 2.
The HI secretary general has sought a detailed presentation from HI's High Performance Director Roelant Oltmans, chif coach Terry Walsh and scientific advisor Mathew Eyles during the meeting.
Batra has also sought independent reports on India's below-par performance from the team's coaching staff, which includes Oltmans, Walsh along with other coaching staff members like M K Kaushik and Sandeep Sangwan.
In the absence of the core coaching staff, Jude Felix has been entrusted with the responsibility of handling the national camp during those three days.
With this win in the ninth-10th place play-off match, India had managed to avenge upon their 3-4 loss to South Korea in the final of last year's Asia Cup in Ipoh, Malaysia.
The second Indian penalty corner came after India sought a video referral that the ball had struck a Korean defender's foot inside the circle. Rupinder's drag-flick struck Hong Eun-seong's body on the goal line and the resultant penalty stroke was converted by strapping defender.
Panel to review teams’ shoddy performance