South Korea hold India to 2-2 draw in men's Asian Champions Trophy hockey

Defending champions and Olympic bronze-medallists India were held to a 2-2 draw by South Korea in their opening match of the Hero Asian Champions Trophy men's hockey tournament on Tuesday.

Playing their first tournament after the Tokyo Olympics, India started brightly and scored in the fourth minute through Lalit Upadhyay before Vice captain Harmanpreet Singh converted a penalty corner in the 18th minute to double their lead.

Trailing 0-2, South Korea fought back after the change of ends and scored through Jonghyun Jang in the 41st minute and Sunghyun Kim in the 46th minute to stun the favourites and draw level.

They grew in confidence as the match progressed and pressed the Indian defence hard.

The Manpreet Singh-led side also had numerous chances, including penalty corners, but failed to utilise the opportunities as the match ended in a stalemate.

Jaehyeon Kim, the Korean goalkeeper was on top form as he e produced numerous brilliant saves to help his side gain a point from the game.

The last encounter between the two sides ended in a 1-1 draw in the last edition of the tournament.

India will next play hosts Bangladesh on Wednesday