x Abu Dhabi, UAE Thursday 20 July 2017

South Korea rout India in Asian Cup

South Korea advanced to the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup after scoring four goals past India, who finished pointless at the bottom of Group C.

South Korea's Koo Ja-cheol, centre, and India's Mehrajuddin Wadoo battle for the ball during last night's final Group C game.
South Korea's Koo Ja-cheol, centre, and India's Mehrajuddin Wadoo battle for the ball during last night's final Group C game.

DOHA // South Korea advanced to the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup yesterday, beating India 4-1 to finish second in Group C.

South Korea scored twice within the first nine minutes, Ji Dong-won finding the net in the sixth minute and Koo Ja-cheol doubling the lead three minutes later.

India pulled one back through Sunil Chhetri's penalty in the 12th minute before Ji scored his second in the 23rd minute to restore South Korea's two-goal cushion.

Son Heung-min, the substitute, scored in the 81st minute after South Korea had wasted a host of chances in the second half.

The match began in pouring rain and the goals poured in, too.

South Korea led 1-0 after Lee Chung-yong crossed from the right and Subrata Paul, the India goalkeeper, made a poor interception to allow Ji to head inside the far post.

Three minutes later, another mistimed clearance by the Indian defence allowed Koo to head the ball to Ji, who nodded it back for Koo to feing past the goalkeeper and slot home his fourth goal of the tournament.

India gave their supporters something to cheer about soon after as Chhetri was brought down by Kwak Tae-hwi to earn a penalty. The forward converted the penalty himself to cut the deficit.

Ji claimed his second goal after collecting a pass from Koo and beat Subrata from point-blank range.

Son scored his goal by slamming the ball into the roof of the net after another pass from Koo.

India finished the tournament with three losses in three games, having conceded 15 goals.