WITH THIS WIN, GB SEND A WARNING TO OTHER TEAMS AT THE WORLD LEAGUE SEMI-FINALS THAT THEY ARE BACK AND CAPABLE OF WINNING TITLES. AUSTRALIA, A LOT TO INTROSPECT AFTER THIS AND FOR THEIR FANS, HOPEFULLY, COLIN BATCH BRINGS THEM BACK TO THE TOP AGAIN.
GREAT BRITAIN HAS STUNNED THE WORLD CHAMPIONS AND REIGNING AZLAN SHAH CHAMPIONS 4-3. AUSSIES LOSE THEIR SECOND CONSECUTIVE MATCH. YESTERDAY THEY LOST TO JAPAN 3-2 AND TODAY GB HAS BEATEN THEM TO THE PRESTIGIOUS AZLAN SHAH CUP.
The third quarter is on. Australia is still without their goalkeeper. They are pushing hard. Just 15 minutes between them and a comeback to equalise first and then find a match-winner. But GB is tough today. Playing superb hockey, they have given the Australians a run for their money. GB lead 4-2. (13:17, 4th Q)
Australia have opened up the game. Instead of the flanks, they cut through the middle. That's GB's weak link at the moment. The World Champions have increased the pace. Can GB last this quarter without conceding another one? (06:07, 3rd Q)
Teams are back on the pitch. 3rd quarter to start. GB leads 2-1. This will be a crucial quarter. If GB get one more, they can expect to hold off Australia. But an equaliser from Australia will push them to the title.
GB have had their chances in the 2nd quarter. Under huge pressure from the Aussies, GB are fighting back. The Australian goal was a result of some slack GB defending. In fact, Harry Gibson, did get a glove on the ball but the alert Eddie picked up the rebound and tapped it in.
Much tighter defence by the Aussies now but they are still troubled by the speed of the British strikers especially Alan Forsyth, who has been in the thick of matters inside the Aussie D. (Arasu, 06:01, 2nd Q)
It's 2-0 to GB. They are playing with three forwards upfront. Australia are leaving a few gaps at the back in their search of goals. Australia know if GB get an opportunity, they will whack it in. That's the advantage of taking an early 2-0 lead. (11:15, 2nd Q)
2nd quarter to begin now. GB leads 2-0 and are in control of the match in this Azlan Shah Final. Australia are fighting back and it wouldn't be surprising if they pull one back now. And AUS have their 4th PC.
Preview India's chances of entering the final of the ongoing Sultan Azlan Shah hockey tournament went up in smoke as they suffered a 0-1 defeat to hosts Malaysia in their last league match in Ipoh on Friday.
India struggled to break down the opponents' defence throughout the game and paid the price around 10 minutes from the end when Shahril Saabah (51st minute) beat Indian goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh with an excellent placement off a penalty corner.
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Malaysia thus ended the league stage of the tournament without conceding a goal.
India's loss means Britain will meet Australia in the final on Saturday.
Going into Friday's match, India were at the second position with seven points from four matches. They had the same number of points as Britain but were ahead as they had scored more goals.
With Britain winning their match against New Zealand 3-2 and jumping to the second position in the points table, India had to beat Malaysia by a margin of two goals or more to qualify for the final.
India will now compete for the bronze medal against New Zealand on Saturday.
After the first quarter ended in a goalless stalemate, India earned a penalty seconds after the start of the second period.
It was a quick-thinking Mandeep Singh who found the defender's leg but India's experienced dragflicker Rupinder Pal Singh's powerful sweep was padded away by Malaysian goalkeeper Kumar Subramaniam.
Kumar was kept busy all through the quarter but he did not disappoint. He made an important save when Talwinder Singh received a pass from Affan Yousuf and took a shot on goal in the 22nd minute.
A back stick on the ball by a Malaysian defender in the penalty circle saw India win their second penalty corner in the 23rd minute but the Malaysian rushers did well to keep Rupinder at bay.
The hosts' defence continued to impress as India's third penalty corner attempt was denied as the second quarter ended goalless.
Malaysia played a determined game with good defence that continued to test the Indian players.
They won their first penalty corner in the 34th minute following good stick work by Faizal Saari who found Sardar Singh's foot in the circle.
Malaysia won another penalty corner soon after but Rupinder ensured that the flick did not reach the post. With the clock ticking away, India were desperate for a breakthrough.
Entering the final quarter, Malaysia kept up the pressure on India who conceded a penalty corner in the 49th minute. But the hosts couldn't convert with the flick going wide.
Malaysia won another penalty corner when Fitri Saari found Manpreet Singh's foot in the striking circle. This chance didn't go amiss for Malaysia with Shahril Saabah firing the ball to the right of a diving Sreejesh.
A penalty corner in the 56th minute brought some hope for India. It was S.V. Sunil who helped win the set piece but a goal was denied with Harmanpreet Singh's flick blocked by the Malaysian defenders.
Another penalty corner came India's way with just three minutes to go for the final hooter. But a variation in set piece saw Rupinder pass to Sardar Singh who couldn't manage to find the target, thus ending India's hopes to earn a berth in the final.