Hockey World League Semi-Finals 2017, highlights: Malaysia upset India 3-2

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Hockey World League Semi-Finals 2017, highlights: Malaysia upset India 3-2
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    India were poor today and missed a lot of opportunities especially in the last quarter. Malaysia deservedly go into to the semi-finals after a laudable performance.

    We have two semi-finalists decided: Argentina and Malaysia

    Netherlands take on China and England take on Canada in the upcoming quarter-finals.

    Don't forget to join us for the semi-finals on Saturday and the final on Sunday.

    Until then, have a good night and goodbye.

  • And that is all from the Lee Valley Hockey Centre. Malaysia have beaten India 3-2. This is their 2nd consecutive victory. In the Azlan Shah, they had beaten India 1-0.

  • India will regret the chances they missed. But they should have been more aggressive in the midfield. Malaysia played to a plan and they won.

  • India can only blame themselves. No urgency. No structure. They imploded in a match they should have won.

  • And Malaysia have won the match 3-2. India are out of the Semi-Finals. Malaysian players on the pitch hugging each other. They have pulled off the impossible.

  • What a miss by Ramandeep!

  • Just a min to go. Malaysia lead 3-2.

  • India have pulled off their goalkeeper. And now have an extra player in the field. But only two minutes left.

  • India are losing time. And in another three minutes the match will be in Malaysia's favour. And Malaysia has their 7th PC. This could be the death-blow. If Malaysia score, it's curtains for India.

  • Akashdeep cannot stop a loose ball in the Malaysian circle. Another opportunity goes away. Mandeep a complete non-starter in the match.
     

  • Six minutes to go and Akashdeep reverse hit is deflected by the Malaysian goalkeeper. Their best chance in the 4th quarter. Malaysia now holding the ball, running a few seconds off. They are going for a win.

  • Structurally, India are not in the game. They are powering in but they need to control the ball play. At the moment, out of sheer desperation they are throwing in everything.

  • India has about ten minutes to get the equaliser. Time running out in terms of finding some fluency in their game. India are on the back foot. Malaysia throwing men into defence. Mandeep has the deflection. He should have controlled the ball as he had the space. But trying to be cute lost India an opportunity.

  • Malaysia get the lead 3-2. Razie Rahim scores his 2nd goal of the match. India are stuttering.

  • And Malaysia get their 6th PC. It's 2-2 at the moment and a great chance for Malaysia to snatch the lead.

  • As the referee gives a 6th PC, India refer to the video umpire saying it was a high ball.

  • And Malaysia get their 5th PC. Can they score and take the lead?

  • That's the start of the 4th quarter. Tense minutes these as both teams are locked 2-2.

  • At the end of the 3rd quarter. both teams locked in at 2-2.

  • And that's an expensive miss by Talwinder. Had the space but lets a shot that goes past the post. Expensive miss!!

  • India playing too crowded. Malaysia get a green card. Ragged play by both the teams. An error might give a goal to either of the teams.

  • Malaysia are on the defensive. This is the time to seize the opportunity and get the goals. India need the lead as minutes pass in the 3rd quarter. Taking it to the 4th quarter, will leave India open to counter-attacks.

  • At the moment both the teams trying to get through. No fluent moves. It's more get the ball and run. Some structure needs to come in. India are attacking but need a fluency to get the goals. They have wasted two consecutive PC's.

  • India have wasted two consecutive PC's. India need to get the goals against this Malaysian side. Remember if Malaysia win, they qualify for the 2018 WC. India as hosts are already qualified.

  • And that's the 3rd PC for India. Consecutive ones.
     

  • And Sardar creats the 2nd PC for India. Can they?

  • The 3rd quarter seems to have opened up. India and Malaysia kind of letting the structure go for a while and go attacking at both ends. For India, controlling the game would be best. Talwinder has the ball but too much dribble.

  • India have replaced their goalkeeper. Dahiya goes out and Akash Chikte comes in. Harmanpreet get a green card. India down to ten men.

  • The 3rd quarter about to begin. The Indian defence not up to the mark in the 2nd quarter. Down by two goals they fought back to equalise.

  • India still rotating the ball around the flanks. And that's the end of the 2nd quarter. It's 2-2 at half-time.

  • India are back into the game. They had their 1st penalty corner in the game which was saved but the play brought the ball to Chinglensana whose stiff shot was saved by the Malaysian GK but the rebound was flicked in by Ramandeep Singh. It's 2-2.
     

  • Ramandeep gets the equalizer on the spot to flick it in. It’s 2-2.

  • An ultra-defensive India trying to come out of it's shell. Attacking now. Looking for the equaliser. It's 1-2 to Malaysia.

  • That's the goal from India. Sumit cross and Ramandeep deflects it in. It's 1-2 to India. 

  • India have a game on their hand. They are 0-2 down and a non-existent midfield is piling on pressure. Both goals off set-pieces. India have to push. And push hard.

  • Malaysia get their 2nd goal off Tengku Ahmad. It's a deflection after a flick by Razie. Malaysia lead 2-0.

  • Malaysia get their 4th PC of the match.

  • Malaysia attacking now. Using the length of the pitch. And now they want a referral for a PC.

  • GOAL! Malaysia take the lead through Razie Rahim. Flick is perfect, going into goal off Dahiya's stick. It's 1-0 to Malaysia.

  • Malaysia now using the high ball and they get their 3rd PC of the match in the 2nd quarter. Dangerous moment for India.

  • Man-to-Man marking by the Malaysians. And then they use the tactic of a high ball and almost get the opening goal but Dahiya in the Indian goal anticipates the move well.

  • And the 2nd quarter begins with India pushing for goal. The deadlock needs to be broken.

  • That’s the end of the 1st quarter. No goals from India or Malaysia.

  • Just a minute left. This is a hugely tense encounter. The first quarter has been almost equal with India just about dominating the midfield. But no goals from either teams yet.

  • Sporadic attacks from Malaysia. But they look dangerous. India being defended out by Malaysian numbers. Probably a reason why India is attacking from the right and left and not the middle.

  • Both teams appearing a bit desperate to find the early goal. India has to settle down rather than running wildly. This is going to be an edgy game.

  • Two consecutive opportunities in the Malaysian striking circle. But India unable to keep the ball under control. These are sharp chances and need to be taken.

  • Malaysia using the midfield to feed the flanks. They have an impressive forward line and can break away with pace. India needs to be careful. They need the match under their control and not commit too many errors.

 

Preview: Jolted by a loss to the Netherlands, India would look to regroup quickly when they take on Malaysia in the quarter-final of the Hockey World League Semi-Final in London on Thursday.

After registering three convincing wins against Scotland, Canada and Pakistan, India wasted chances galore to slump to a 1-3 defeat against the Netherlands, their first in the tournament.

The loss meant India finished second in Pool B behind Netherlands, who kept a clean slate.

India's Akashdeep Singh, right, celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game against the Netherlands during the Men's World Hockey League match at Lee Valley Hockey Centre, London Tuesday June 20, 2017. (Nigel French/PA via AP)

Akashdeep Singh (R) celebrates after scoring during World Hockey League Semi-Final. AP

The Indians only have themselves to blame for the defeat against the Dutch as besides conceding soft goals, they wasted numerous scoring chances.

And come tomorrow, Roelant Oltmans' men cannot afford to repeat the same mistakes against Malaysia, who are capable of springing surprises on their day.

"This was our toughest match in the group and we had our chances, too. The good thing is that we came back after being 3-0 down but we didn't do enough and got punished," coach Oltmans had said after the defeat against Netherlands.

Going by form and ranking, world no. 6 India start overwhelming favourites against the 14th-placed Malaysians.

While striker Akashdeep Singh has been in superb form, scoring some scintillating goals in the tournament, he would look for support upfront from the likes of SV Sunil, Talwinder Singh and Mandeep Singh.

India's midfield, led by the talismanic Sardar Singh and skipper Manpreet Singh, will have to take more responsibility while the inexperienced defence needs to pull up its socks as one bad day in office can now throw the team out of the tournament.

In the absence of Rupinderpal Singh, India were found wanting in penalty corner conversions with the young Harmanpreet Singh and Jasjit Singh Kular failing to live up to the expectations of Oltmans.

But the performances of reserve goalkeepers Vikas Dahiya and Akash Chikte in the absence of an injured PR Sreejesh have been heartening.

Meanwhile, in other quarterfinals of the day, reigning Olympic champions Argentina will play Pakistan, the Netherlands will take on China and hosts England will square off against Canada.

With inputs from PTI


Published Date: Jun 22, 2017 09:49 pm | Updated Date: Jun 22, 2017 09:49 pm