SOUTH Korea won their fourth Asia Cup title when they beat India 4-3 and also gave the World Cup berth to Malaysia at the Azlan Shah Stadium in Ipoh yesterday.
Now, India will have to wait for the Oceania Cup battle between Australia and New Zealand to claim their ticket, which is virtually theirs, as both the Aussies and Kiwis have also qualified and it does not matter which team wins.
Asian masters South Korea defended stoutly for 25 minutes, before delivering two parting salvos and entering the dressing room with a comfortable lead.
The first goal came off the stick of Jang Jong Hyun in the 28th minute for his eight penalty corner goal of the tournament, and a minute later You Hyo Sik delivered another field goal blow.
Rupinder Pal Singh narrows the gap with a 48th minute penalty corner, and Nikkin Thimmaiah scores the equaliser in the 54th minute.
But a 57th minute penalty stroke by Nam Hyun Woo gave Korea the lead again, only for Mandeep Singh to smash in the equaliser in the 65th minute.
However, the gold was delivered by Kang Moon Kweon with a penalty corner set-piece deflection in the 68th minute.
RESULTS -- Final: South Korea 4 India 3; Third-Fourth: Malaysia 1 Pakistan 3.
ROLL OF HONOUR -- Man of the Match (final): Kang Moon Kweon (S Korea)
Best Goalkeeper: PR Sreejesh (India)
Top Scorer: Jang Jong Hyun (Korea, eight goals)
Most Outstanding Player: VR Raghunath (India)