India lose 2-3 against Malaysia, crash out of HWL

Posted June 24, 2017

It was a hard-fought encounter as both teams played with great intensity.

Malaysia, banking on counterattacks, began the proceedings by forcing two successive penalty corners in the third minute. The Indians only have themselves to blame for the defeat against the Dutch as besides conceding soft goals, they wasted numerous scoring chances. Razie's first penalty corner flick was blocked by goalkeeper Vikas Dahiya and the rebound went to Faizal Saari, who shot into the side of the net despite having a view of the goal.

Ramandeep's sense of positioning saw him scoring India's first goal. For India, it is their second defeat against Malaysia in little less than two months.

The Netherlands were in impressive form as they followed Argentina and Malaysia into the semi-finals by thrashing China 7-0.

Malaysia, on the other hand, were compact in defence and also troubled India's backline. They are also hosts of the 16-team World Cup next year, for which the four semi-finalists in London - Argentina, Malaysia, Netherlands and England - are now confirmed participants. Strikes from Maico Casella (22nd, 44th) and Gonzalo Peillat (33rd) handed Argentina a 3-0 lead before Pakistan scored through Shan Ali in the 49th.

Both Pool A matches were draws as China and Scotland could not be separated at 1-1, while South Korea's clash with Italy ended goalless. While Mandeep's deflection off Harmanpreet's pass went just wide, three minutes later veteran Malaysia goalkeeper Kumar Subramiam made a brilliant save to deny Akashdeep Singh. Malaysia moved 2-0 up within first 20 minutes, but India got back to level matters within six minutes after that.

In the match against India held at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, Malaysia took the lead through penalty corner specialist, Muhammad Razie Abdul Rahim in the 19th minute before forward Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Tengku Abdul Jalil doubled the advantage, a minute later.

As India took the attack route, Malaysia preferred rely on counter-attacks.