Asian Games gold in football

On 04 September 1962: India beat South Korea 2-1 in the final of men’s football at 1962 Jakarta Asian Games and won their first Asian Games gold in men’s football since 1951 Asian Games.

The Indians were ahead against the run of play after P K Banerjee found the back of the net in the 17th minute.

Three minutes later, Jarnail Singh polished off a flawless attack move with a sumptuously struck finish. India went into the half time leading 2 – 0.

The South Koreans tried to pile the pressure on their opponents again and again after half-time but a combination of the excellent defending proved too much to break down. It was only in 85th minute when Cha Tae-sung managed to pull one back to hand Koreans hope.

India refused to give in, however, in the enthralling closing stages, ensuring Syed Rahim coached side won their second gold in the Asian Games history.

Squad: Peter Thangaraj (GK), Prodyut Burman (GK), O. Chandrashekar (Back), Jarnail Singh (Back), Trilok Singh (Back), Arun Ghosh (Back), D.M.K. Afzal (Back), Fortunata A. Franco (Half Back), Ram Bahadur (Half Back), Prasanto Sinha (Half Back), P.K. Banerjee (Forward), Chuni Goswami (Forward, Captain), Tulsidas Balaram (Forward), Ethiraj (Forward), Mohammed Yousuf Khan (Forward), Arumai Nayagam (Forward).
COACH: Syed Abdul Rahim, MANAGER: Nurul Amin

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