Published: Thu, October 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

India Thrash Hapless Malaysia in Hockey Asia Cup 2017

India Thrash Hapless Malaysia in Hockey Asia Cup 2017

A confident Indian team unbeaten in the Asia Cup so far shall start as overwhelming favorites against an under-performing but tricky South Korean opponent in their first match of the Super 4s stage of the hockey tournament in Dhaka on Wednesday.

Indian players celebrate a goal against South Korea in an Asia Cup Super 4 encounter yesterday. Malaysia's goals came from the sticks of Razie Rahim (50th) and Ramadan Rosli (59th). By virtue of the win, the Indians have also avenged their twin defeats - 0-1 in Azlan Shah Cup and 2-3 in Hockey World League Semi-finals in London - earlier this year. The Koreans, defending champions in the Asia Cup, bottled up India, took the lead in the third quarter and then waged a defensive battle that India won following Gurjant Singh's equaliser in the last minute to carve out a 1-1 draw and remain in the fight for a place in the Asia Cup final.

However, it was too little too late for Malaysia as they were already down by five goals after three quarters. It was not until the 38th minute when Talake Du scored an equalizer through a penalty corner. The Malaysians did not let the opportunity slip away as they converted the PC through Fitri Saari in the 34th minute. But a smart reflex save by Malaysian goalkeeper Kumar was enough to keep out the Pakistanis from scoring. In the 25th minute, the match was again level at 2-2 as Malaysia's Shahril Saabah netted via a field goal.

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Tengku Tajuddin then missed an easy chance for Malaysia. "I didn't think it was a tough match against Malaysia because we have beaten them in the past but if we keep missing chances like this, it is hard for us to survive in top global hockey", Irfan stated without mincing his words.

After the victory, India reached the top of the chart with four points.

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