India hope for gutsy show against South Korea in Asian Cup

India would look to end their campaign in the Asian Cup with another spirited display when they take on South Korea in their last group match.

Last Updated: Jan 17, 2011, 20:41 PM IST

"Bhaichung will start at the bench tomorrow and we will see if he can play a part in the game," India coach Bob Houghton said.

Bhaichung`s presence is not expected to alter the outcome of the match with South Korea having shown their class with a 1-1 draw against Australia after defeating Bahrain 2-1 in their opening match.

It will be an achievement for India if they can repeat their performance tomorrow against Australia and Bahrain. India had produced better show in the second half of the two matches and even dominated the second session against Bahrain.

For India to end the tournament with some respect, they will have to defend well and not repeat the "silly mistakes" they committed against Bahrain in their second match on Friday.
"Bhaichung will start at the bench tomorrow and we will see if he can play a part in the game," India coach Bob Houghton said.

Bhaichung`s presence is not expected to alter the outcome of the match with South Korea having shown their class with a 1-1 draw against Australia after defeating Bahrain 2-1 in their opening match.

It will be an achievement for India if they can repeat their performance tomorrow against Australia and Bahrain. India had produced better show in the second half of the two matches and even dominated the second session against Bahrain.

For India to end the tournament with some respect, they will have to defend well and not repeat the "silly mistakes" they committed against Bahrain in their second match on Friday.
With the likes of Park Ji Sung and Celtic player Cha Du Ri in red-hot form, India can ill afford to commit mistakes in the defence and concede too many goals in the first half, which was the case against Bahrain.

After a spirited show against formidable Australia, the defence had been a let down against Bahrain, committing some unwarranted mistakes without which the scoreline could have been more respectable than the 2-5.

Houghton is unlikely to tinker much with the starting line-up of the game with Bhaichung expected to come in the second session tomorrow. Abhishek Yadav and Sunil Chhetri, who were in fine form against Bahrain, are likely to start as strikers.

PTI