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Asian Champions Trophy 2016, highlights: India beat Malaysia 2-1, top group

On a high after their morale-boosting win over arch-rivals Pakistan and China, India now eye another win against hosts Malaysia to finish top of the round-robin league stage of the fourth Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament

FP Sports October 26, 2016 17:58:33 IST
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Asian Champions Trophy 2016, highlights: India beat Malaysia 2-1, top group

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Oct 26, 2016 - 19:50 (IST)

A fantastic win by India!

Oct 26, 2016 - 19:46 (IST)

That's it from Kuantan.

Oct 26, 2016 - 19:45 (IST)

India have topped the group with 13 points. They are the No.1 team and will play the No.4 team in the group which will be decided tomorrow.

Oct 26, 2016 - 19:43 (IST)

India clears and the match is won by India 2-1. Chikte and Rupinder Pal Singh are the stars in this win.

Oct 26, 2016 - 19:42 (IST)

But Chikte saves.

Oct 26, 2016 - 19:42 (IST)

Pakistan's umpire Rasool Haider gives Malaysia a penalty corner. India don't have a referral. Great chance for Malaysia. 

Oct 26, 2016 - 19:41 (IST)

It's down to seconds now. Can India hold on to the lead?

Oct 26, 2016 - 19:40 (IST)

India still down to ten men. Just over a minute left.

Oct 26, 2016 - 19:40 (IST)

Malaysia looking for the equaliser now.

Oct 26, 2016 - 19:39 (IST)

 Malaysia have pulled off their GK Kumar and brought in a field player.

Kuantan: On a high after their morale-boosting win over arch-rivals Pakistan and China, India now eye another win against hosts Malaysia to finish top of the round-robin league stage of the fourth Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament.

Asian Champions Trophy 2016 highlights India beat Malaysia 21 top group

A draw against South Korea could prove costly for India. Twitter/@HockeyIndia

India beat China 9-0 on Tuesday, one day before the encounter against Malaysia. The runaway 10-2 victory against Japan and the 3-2 win against Pakistan in an intense sub-continental contest has kept top-ranked India on course for the leading spot in the round-robin league, which could also ensure them a favorable semi-final fixture.

But the draw against South Korea means India are two points behind Malaysia, who have gathered the maximum 12 points from four outings. The only way India can top the group is with a win over the hosts.

Defending champions Pakistan are still on three points after suffering two losses, but have two easy outings against Japan and China.

The victory over Pakistan has reinvigorated the Indian team that was stunned by the spirited show from South Korea the previous day, but team coach Roelant Oltmans says the boys need to improve on yesterday's fine show.

"We were much stronger than Pakistan, but we need to raise our game further. We can improve on this performance," said Oltmans.

Missing some key players who are recuperating from injuries, coach Oltmans says the return to competitive hockey after the post-Olympic break has provided opportunity to several youngsters to showcase their skills.

But he was not very happy with the errors committed in defence, that allowed space for Pakistani strikers to have cracks at the Indian goal.

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