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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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June 22, 2017 - 21:47 (IST)

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.

June 22, 2017 - 21:37 (IST)

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.

June 22, 2017 - 21:36 (IST)

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.

June 22, 2017 - 21:35 (IST)

Final scoreline

June 22, 2017 - 21:32 (IST)

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

June 22, 2017 - 21:30 (IST)

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.

June 22, 2017 - 21:29 (IST)

What a miss by Ramandeep!

June 22, 2017 - 21:28 (IST)

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

June 22, 2017 - 21:27 (IST)

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

June 22, 2017 - 21:26 (IST)

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.

 

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.

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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

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