Doha: Knocked out of the competition after two heavy defeats, 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, here on Tuesday.
India had lost their earlier two Group C matches — 0-4 against Australia and 2-5 against Bahrain — and it would be a miracle of sorts even if Bob Houghtons boys manage a stalemate against the Asian powerhouse, who have won the title twice.
South Korea, led by Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-sung, are seeking their first title in 51 years — they last won in 1960 — and are the overwhelming favourites against India.
India would look for a spirited fight as they had done in their earlier two games.
Captain Bhaichung Bhutia is expected to play a part in Tuesdays match.
Bhaichung will be at the bench and we will see if he can play a part in the game, India coach Bob Houghton said.
Bhaichungs 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.
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.
- LAST 10 MEETINGs
09.06.93 S Korea 7 India 0
13.05.93 S Korea 3 India 0
20.09.86 S Korea 3 India 0
26.07.86 India 4 S Korea 3
20.01.86 S Korea 2 India 0
23.01.85 S Korea 1 India 0
19.10.84 S Korea 1 India 0
09.06.82 S Korea 1 India 0
18.02.82 India 2 S Korea 2
16.11.81 S Korea 6 India 0
- Compiled by Hariprasad Chattapadhay