India's agonising sequence of conceding late goals continued to haunt the team as they suffered a stunning 1-2 defeat against Korea in a pool B encounter of the men's hockey World Cup on Monday.
The Indians, seeking to record their first win in the high-profile tournament, frittered away a second half lead as their opponents struck twice in the last seven minutes to clinch the match at the Warsteiner Hockey Park.
A last-minute penalty corner conversion by Jong Hyn Jang ensured that Vasudevan Baskaran's men remained winless after four matches, having managed only a draw against South Africa.
After a barren opening session, India shot into the lead through Shivendra Singh (46th) who took his tally to four goals in as many matches in the World Cup.
But, the euphoria was short-lived as the Koreans, who themselves were far from impressive, found the equaliser through Jang (63rd) in the dying minutes.
The defeat means that India would now have to contend for a position between 9th and 12th spots.