Asian Games 2018, India vs Malaysia hockey semis highlights: Malaysia hold nerve, beat India to enter finals
It all came down to the wire, it was frenetic shoot-out and in the end Malaysia held their nerve to edge past India.
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Defending champions India were taken down by Malaysia in a tense semi-finals as they lost 6-7 in the shoot-outs. The Indian team was in rampant form as they scored a record 76 goals and have topped Pool A. The team recorded emphatic win against Indonesia (17-0), Hong Kong (26-0), Japan (8-0), Korea (5-3) and Sri Lanka (20-0).
Malaysia has been in decent form too as they have breezed past Kazakhstan (16-2), Thailand (10-0), Bangladesh (7-0) and Oman (7-0). However, they suffered a loss against Pakistan. India do not boast of a good recent record against Malaysia as they lost to them in the 2017 World Cup and then went down to them 0-1 in the Azlan Shah Cup.
India have been in good form
India have an unbeaten record, having registered huge victories against Indonesia (8-0), Kazakhstan (21-0), Korea (4-1) and Thailand (5-0) in the pool stages.
India gutted, Malaysia elated
Malaysia were the underdogs, ranked 12th in the world and they have knocked out the defending champions.
Sunil MISSES, India LOSES
Malaysia enter the finals, India ousted. What a match, what a brilliant match!
5th in a row, Sreejesh second best again
GOAL! India score as Dilpreet reverses stance and slams
Referred, but Goal stance
GOAL! Malaysia came charging forward and walk back with a goal
Sreejesh no match there
GOAL! India not blinking
So brilliant, so calm, so hockey. Wow, exciting!
Malaysia, calm composed and GOAL
What a stunning goal this is, intense pressure and remarkable calmness
India slam one back in. Draws level
Malaysia hit too, they lead again
Sreejesh came charging forward, but then left an open goal
GOAL for India, ahh, what a match
Harmanpreet with a brilliant goal.
Rebound, GOAL for Malaysia
Sudden death, Malaysia score.
Malaysia not going anywhere, GOAL
Oh, the drama, it is all level once again
Superb GOAL by India
Harmanpreet gets on to the reverse side and then flicks it in.
Malaysia miss too
Sreejesh is there, imposing presence and the ball is scooped over the goal
Ahh, time runs out, Sunil misses
He tried to run around the goalie, but time ticks by
Captain fantastic, Sreejesh outstanding
Sreejesh throws himself to the left and deflects it wide
India miss again with their 3rd attempt
Dilpreet misses it again, the Malaysian goalie has been brilliant today
India back on level terms, Sreejesh was always calm and saved the ball
GOAL! India get their second attempt
Akashdeep was composed and in goes the ball
It was close, but Malaysia convert their chance
India lose first shoot-out
Manpreet loses his chance as he’s penalised for infringement
We will now have a shootout
Malaysia have just about managed to make a comeback and now it is a shootout to decide the winner
Penalty corner! Malaysia smash a GOAL
What a comeback, this match is alive and kicking once again
Time running out for Malaysia
Sardar Singh is back on the field. India still ahead, Malaysia pushing, but cannot find a footing as of now.
Woah, that was close for Malaysia
The shoot hit the crossbar, India saved by the skin of their teeth.
This is getting tense
Blow for India
Surender Kumar will be out for the next five minutes. India are down to nine men, this is Malaysia’s chance. 11 minutes to go in the match.
3rd quarter concludes
India in the lead as we head into the final segment of the match.
Malaysia have looked threatening.
GOAL! India hit right back, wow this is some riposte
Finally, a penalty corner is converted, India now in the lead. Good game..good game.
Talk about variation, VAarun scores from the left and Malaysia are caught on the wrong foot.
GOAL!! Malaysia hit back
Defence caught napping and Malaysia drill on in. This match is on!
Second half begins, GOAL for India
Well, India look stressed at the moment. They have finally struck, GOAL and India are ahead. Stunning strike by Harmanpreet SIngh
Half-time: No one has edged ahead
India 0-0 Malaysia. This has been an even contest so far by both teams.
Well, decisions changed
The umpires are under pressure too, they are changing their decisions frequently, the match is volatile
Malaysian defence is like a rock
The Indians cannot penetrate the defence right now. They are more reliant on PCs, and can’t convert even those.
Another PC not converted by India
It has been the story of the match so far, neither side has been able to get a goal.
First quarter ends
It was frenetic, both teams had their chances with Penalty corners, but no goals have come so far.
Malaysia are giving it their all.
Superb save there by captain Sreejesh
That shoot was headed for the goal, a sprawling Sreejesh knocks it away. India can breathe again
Malaysia had another PC, but it has been sprayed wide. They want a review and a review we have.
Malaysia win another PC
Another PC, another change goes by
Good feed there, but the drag was wide, however, India get another one
Woah, that was complicated
A very complex attempt at a penalty corber, nothing happening there for India.
Lovely run by Sunil
Sunil races forward, he has the ball but then fails to get the cross in.
Malaysia strike, but it is overturned
India fall behind, but there is a referral. Firhan draws first blood for Malaysia, but on referral it is overturned.
India can breathe easy for now. THE BALL HAD HIT THE MALAYSIAN STRIKER’S FOOT!!
All aggression for the Indians
Lovely play from India, they want goals, and the are forever in Malaysia’s half.
And we begin
India on the attack, but Malaysia get the ball and move forward.
National Anthem is being played out
The Indian players sing the national anthem with gusto and the Indian supporters in the crowd join in. What an atmosphere
Malaysia have been tricky for India
Malaysia ranked 12th, has been giving troubles for India in the recent past and have beat them twice last year.
Captain is cautious
“While I feel we must continue the same tempo we have shown in our attack, we must be doubly cautious in our defending and ensure we don’t give away PCs which will be critical,” captain PR Sreejesh said.
Attacking play by India in the pool group
India smashed in 76 goals in five matches in the tournament to create the world record of maximum goals ever scored in a tournament.