Asian Hockey Champions Trophy India vs Malaysia match highlights:
- India and Malaysia drew 0-0
- Both India and Malaysia sit on 10 points with 3 wins and 1 draw and are through to the semi-finals.
- India faces South Korea in their last league match today.
Coming back to Asian Hockey Champions Trophy India vs Malaysia, an off-color Indian attack was left ruing their missed chances come to the final whistle in their group stage match against Malaysia. Let down by their erratic finishing, India was held to their first draw of the Asian Hockey Champions Trophy. The result had no impact on India’s league table though with the country still occupying first place with ten points after four games. With three wins and one draw, Malaysia is behind India in second place. Both the countries have qualified for the semi-finals ahead of their last league match.
Blowing teams apart with their enthralling attacking brand of hockey that had seen them hit 23 goals in 3 matches; India’s free-flowing attacking was brought to a halt by Malaysia. Having suffered heartbreak to Malaysia in the Asian Games semi-final, India went into their Asian Hockey Champions Trophy match looking for revenge.
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Starting off in sprightly fashion, India created a host of chances in the early exchanges of the match. Opening Malaysia’s defense, India were clean through on goal on more than one occasion. However poor finishing by their attackers saw them squander a number of goal scoring opportunities to allow Malaysia to hold the World No.5 side to a 0-0 draw.
Exploiting the acres of free space allowed to them in the middle of the park, India controlled the show with Akashdeep Singh coming up with some good passes. The Indian midfield was let down by the forward line of Mandeep Singh and Dilpreet Singh though with the duo giving possession away too cheaply in the finally 25 yards.
A dominant first quarter from the Indian side leads to a scrappy second with both sides failing to create anything meaningful. The third quarter once again swung India’s way with the team getting more than their fair share of circle entries. Coming closest to opening the scoring in the 54th minute, India were unfortunate to see their shot brush past the post.
Harmanpreet Singh’s drag flicks were off color as well on the day, not allowing India to make the most of the three penalty corners they earned in the match.
From a defensive point of view, India was solid, not allowing Malaysia to make any inroads into the final third. With 0 penalty corners and hardly any shots on the Indian goal, Malaysia failed to contribute offensively to the match.
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