Published: Sat, June 24, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Manpreet Singh led team beaten 3-2 in thrilling match

Manpreet Singh led team beaten 3-2 in thrilling match

India crashed out of the Hockey World League after suffering a shocking 2-3 defeat at the hands of Malaysia in the quarterfinals in London last night.

Ramandeep (24th, 26th minutes) scored both goals for India.

In other quarter finals fixtures, India will face off against Malaysia, Netherlands against China and England against Canada.

This is published unedited from the ANI feed.

Drawing confidence from their lone-goal victory in their last meeting during the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, Malaysia banked on packing their territory by pulling the strikers back and frustrating the Indian strikers by denying them time and space.

"Today we were in control throughout the first half but mentally took our foot off the pedal when we went 3-0 up and conceding a goal caused some anxious moments but happy to have limited our opponents to just one goal".

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In the end, it was India's inability to stem the flow of penalty corners and Malaysia's ability to convert them made the difference. But Razie Rahim's flick was blocked away by India's first runner with the umpire awarding another PC to Malaysia. The idea was to pass the ball around quickly, not allowing the Malaysians to settle.

The goal seemed to perk up the Indians and they peppered the Malaysian goal with repeated attacks.

India nearly made it level in the dying minutes of the game, but an unfortunate deflection by Ramandeep at the goalpost put paid to India's hopes. India went all guns blazing in Q3 but Malaysia defended well and frustrated the Indian forward.

Though India are ranked higher, Chief Coach Roelant Oltmans's men must guard themselves against complacency when they square off with Malaysia who can be a "tricky opponent".

But if host India finishes in the top five at HWL and wins the 10th Asia Cup this year, another two spots will be offered to the next best placed teams, while if the top 10 finishers at HWL are also continental champions, more places would be available for HWL teams. The ball flew past the open Malaysian goalmouth.

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