India pips South Korea

LONDON(PTI):India muffed chances galore before a deft deflection from Nikkin Thimmaiah enabled it to pip South Korea 2-1 in the 36th Hero Champions Trophy hockey tournament here on Tuesday.

Nikkin Thimmaiah's (second from left) 57th-minute winner has kept alive India's chances of a medal. —PHOTO: ALEX MORTON/GETTY IMAGES

Nikkin Thimmaiah’s (second from left) 57th-minute winner has kept alive India’s chances of a medal. —PHOTO: ALEX MORTON/GETTY IMAGES

At the Lee Valley Hockey Centre, India’s domination earned it the lead through S.V. Sunil’s 39th-minute goal.

South Korea equalised in the 57th minute through Kim Jun-hu, only for Thimmaiah to reclaim the lead for India within 30 seconds with a fine deflection on Talwinder Singh’s diagonal cross from left.

The narrow victory ensured India stayed in the hunt for a medal.

The result: India 2 (S.V. Sunil 39, Nikkin Thimmaiah 57) bt South Korea 1 (Kim Jun-hu 57).