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South wins torrid men’s soccer final against North

AFP, INCHEON, South Korea

Rim Chang-woo scored in the last minute of extra-time as South Korea downed wartime rivals North Korea in a thrilling Asian Games men’s soccer final yesterday.

Korean eyes were firmly focused on Munhak Stadium in Incheon, South Korea, where the North and the hosts played out a compelling soccer final thick with political symbolism.

Both sides had their chances, but the match was headed for a penalty shootout when Rim rammed home his shot from close range after No Dong-geon handled on the line.

In another politically fraught contest yesterday, India won a nail-biting shootout against Pakistan to claim hockey gold as two of the region’s most bitter rivalries took center-stage in Incheon.

India triumphed against Pakistan to win back the Asiad hockey title after 16 years and earn a direct entry into the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The archrivals played out a 1-1 draw in regulation time before Indian goalkeeper Parattu Sreejesh saved two of Pakistan’s four penalty attempts to become the hero of the day.

India put in four goals past Pakistan’s Imran Butt to win the shoot-out 4-2 and clinch their third Asiad gold, but their first since the Bangkok Games in 1998.

About 4,000 fans, including Games competitors from both nations, packed the Seonhak hockey stadium to witness the first India-Pakistan Asiad final in 32 years.

“This is a special moment for Indian hockey,” team coach Terry Walsh said.

Earlier, South Korea won the bronze medal with a 3-2 win over Guangzhou silver-medalists Malaysia, with three of the five goals coming through penalty strokes.

Jang Jong-hyun scored twice for the hosts to finish as the leading scorer of the Games with nine goals.

Jang opened the scoring with a penalty corner in the 19th minute and Kim Young-jin increased the margin with a field goal at the end of the second quarter.

Malaysia reduced the margin early in the third, Jang made it 3-1 in the 44th minute with a penalty stroke, but Razie scored for Malaysia a minute later, also with a penalty stroke.

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