Lower-ranked Korea stunned India 4-2 in the penalty shoot-out to lift the Azlan Shah Cup hockey title after the five-time champions conceded an equaliser in the final quarter to end at 1-1 after regulation time in the summit clash on Saturday.
Mandeep Singh fired in three quick field goals (20th, 27th and 29th minutes), all of them coming in the second quarter, after Varun Kumar had given India the lead in the 12th minute of the high-scoring match.
After a not-so-convincing 2-0 win over Asian Games gold medallist Japan in the tournament opener, Manpreet Singh and his men conceded a goal in the final minute of the match to draw 1-1 against Korea on Sunday.
Varun Kumar converted a penalty corner in the 24th minute to hand India the lead before Simranjeet Singh (55th) scored a diving field goal from skipper Manpreet Singh's brilliant pass to secure full three points for the five-time champions.
Seven key players ruled out of Azlan Shah Cup due to injuries picked at nationals. India will head into their first tournament of the year, without main forward, best drag-flicker and one of their key midfielders.
India beat Ireland 4-1 in a convincing display to clinch fifth place in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. India led 4-0 courtesy goals from Varun Kumar (2), Shilanand Lakra, Gurjant Singh before Ireland pulled one back.