Korea vs India pool A CC1
Korea vs India pool A CC1
(Photo: Rodrigo Jamarillo)

Korea established themselves as the early favourites to win this Champions Challenge 1 tournament with a 4-2 victory over India in their opening pool A match in Glasgow.

It was India who first appeared on the score sheet through Vandana Katariya (11') but just two minutes later Park Mi Hyun (13) struck back to equalise. Kim Ok Ju (23') and Cheon Eun Bi (28) also found the back of the net in the first half. There was a brief break in the action as one of India's bronze medal winning stars from the Junior World Cup, Sushila Pukhrambam, received a nasty facial injury from a lifted ball.

The India team did their best to exert pressure on their rivals in the second half, but the strength and accuracy of the Korean passing, combined with composure and possession when on the ball meant that the team in red were able to use the whole pitch and tire their youthful opposition.

A fourth goal was scored by Lee Young Sil (xx') but it was India who had the final say when Poonam Rani (XX') dissected the Korea defence to slot home India's second goal.