INCHEON, Sept 29 (PTI): Looking to end a 16-year-old gold drought, the Indian men�s hockey team faces a tough South Korea test in the semi-finals of the 17th Asian Games, here tomorrow.
The Sardar Singh-led side came back well after losing a tense third Pool B game against Pakistan 1-2 to put it across China 2-0 in their fourth and last league match to qualify for the last-four at the Seonhak hockey stadium.
India, who last won a gold in the 1998 Bangkok edition under Dhanraj Pillay�s captaincy, are once again looking for a top finish and gain a direct entry into the 2016 Rio Olympics.
However, a lot of concerns lie in all departments of their game.
Their defense is still not steady in the face of speedy thrusts and the weakness was evident against a skillful Pakistan side.
The Indian attack also lacks a real �livewire� approach and the midfield has still not exercised the authority required at this level.
India are depending on earning penalty corners to move ahead in matches, a dangerous trend, and with ace drag-flicker Rupinderpal Singh injuring his groin in the second game against Oman has really not been up to the mark.