India bow out losing to Malaysia 2-3 in quarter-finals

  • India bow out losing to Malaysia 2-3 in quarter-finals

India bow out losing to Malaysia 2-3 in quarter-finals

Pakistan and India will face off for the second time in Hockey World League in the classification match after India lost to Malaysia 3-2 in a quarterfinal encounter of the tournament's semifinal on Thursday.

Malaysia, banking on counterattacks, began the proceedings by forcing two successive penalty corners in the third minute. Malaysia keeper Subramiam came up with a brilliant save to deny Akashdeep Singh when he was set up by Chinglensana for a goal.

Malaysia thus qualify for next year's World Cup to be held in India.

With the defeat against Malaysia still fresh in their minds, it remains to be seen how the Indians regroup so quickly. Argentina yesterday posted a 3-1 win over Pakistan.

Ranked sixth in the world, India started as overwhelming favourites against 14th placed Malaysia but the script did not turn out as expected, looking slow and scrappy in the early minutes.

The Indians were yet again slow to get off the blocks and looked scrappy. Malaysia for sure have India's number.

Tajuddin doubled Malaysia's lead in the very next minute when he fired home from another penalty corner.

"Today we were in control throughout the first half but mentally took our foot off the pedal when we went 3-0 up and conceding a goal caused some anxious moments but happy to have limited our opponents to just one goal".

The teams went goalless in the first quarter, but soon after resumption in second, off their third penalty corner, Rahim scored as his drag flick was deflected by Vikas Dahiya's stick into the roof of the net. Razie Rahim, who opened Malaysia's scoring in the 19th minute, told HT: "It is a dream come true".

A defeat on Saturday will definitely raise question marks over the team's and chief coach Oltmans' progress over the years.

Spain relentlessly attacked and went on to score two more goals via Lola Riera on the 31st and 36th minute, bringing the score up to 3-1.

After the change of ends, India continued to dominate and earned two penalty corners in quick succession but Harmanpreet Singh failed to deliver.

While the Indians played attacking hockey, the Malaysians preferred to sit back and defend and rely on counter-attacks.

Carola Salvatella equalised in the 28th minute off a field goal.