India vs Malaysia, Hockey World League Semi-final, Highlights: IND 2 MAS 3
Razie Rahim scored twice as Malaysia defeated India 3-2 in a quarter-final clash of the Hockey World League Semi-Final in London. Malaysia will take on Argentina in the last four after they defeated Pakistan 3-1 in the other quarterfinal. India may face Pakistan for a second time in the competition to decide who gets the 5th and 6th position. Get highlights of Pakistan vs Argentina and India vs Malaysia here.
21:31 hrs IST: India are out of the title picture and they may face Pakistan in the 5th-6th position.
21:30 hrs IST: FULL TIME! India are defeated 2-3 by Malaysia in the second quarterfinal of the day.
21:28 hrs IST: 2 minutes left. It’s do-or-die for India as they trail 2-3.
21:23 hrs IST: Tense times for India as they have just 5 minutes left to get the all important goal.
21:15 hrs IST: GOAL! R. Rahim gets his second goal as India have just 12 minutes to save the game.
21:14 hrs IST: Back to back penalty corners for Malaysia. Tough times for India.
21:08 hrs IST: End of the third quarter. India had a good chance to take the lead, but Mandeep Singh missed the goal. Score remains 2-2.
21:04 hrs IST: Another green card for Malaysia.
21:01 hrs IST: It has been a similar story today. Quick attack from Malaysia, but the Indian defence has stopped them from taking the final shot.
20:55 hrs IST: India had just one defeat in the group stages and their attack was one of the best in the tournament.
20:47 hrs IST: A good attack from India, but the finishing was not up to the mark. Score remains 2-2.
20:40 hrs IST: That’s the end of a thrilling first half as India and Malaysia are tied at 2-2.
20:36 hrs IST: GOAL! It’s Ramandeep Singh once again who scores a scrappy goal to level the scores.
20:32 hrs IST: GOAL! India strike back as Ramandepp Singh scores.
20:27 hrs IST: T. Ahmed scores! Malaysia make it 2-0 against India.
20:24 hrs IST: A brilliantly executed penalty corner and R. Rahim makes it 1-0 for Malaysia.
20:21 hrs IST: It has been a disciplined show by both the teams as the score remains 0-0.
20:16 hrs IST: End of the first quarter. India and Malaysia are tied at 0-0.
20:09 hrs IST: Both teams have picked up one green card each till now.
20:04 hrs IST: First penalty corner for Malaysia, but the shot was too weak.
20:02 hrs IST: Ramandeep Singh was in a spot of bother, but the injury was not series. Score is 0-0.
19:56 hrs IST: The players are out on the ground for the national anthem.
19:54 hrs IST: India have been among the goals in the Hockey World League Semi-Final. They have scored 15 goals and conceded five, three of them in the last group B game against the Dutch.
19:37 hrs IST: India will face Malaysia in the other semifinal of the day at 20:00 IST.
19:16 hrs IST: That’s the end of the match. Argentina beat Pakistan 3-1 to book their semis berth.
19:02 hrs IST: Ali Shan pulls one back for Pakistan. Argentina lead 3-1 against Pakistan.
18:56 hrs IST: End of the third quarter. It has been Argentina all the way as they lead 3-0.
18:53 hrs IST: It has been a clean sweep by Argentina. Casella gets his second goal as Argentina make it 3-0.
18:41 hrs IST: Argentina have doubled their lead! Peillat scores in the third quarter to make it it 2-0.
18:28 hrs IST: Argentina lead 1-0 against Pakistan at the end of the first half.
18:19 hrs IST: Casella scores from a penalty stroke as Argentina lead 1-0!
18:14 hrs IST: Both the teams have shown good spirit while attacking, but still goals in the game.
18:05 hrs: End of the first quarter. Pakistan and Argentina are tied at 0-0.
17:55 hrs IST: First penalty corner of the game for Argentina, but it was saved brilliantly by the keeper.
17:47 hrs IST: Pakistan must beat Argentina to be among the top five teams in London and qualify for the World Cup in India in 2018.
17:45 hrs IST: Welcome to the Hockey World League Semi-final encounter between Pakistan and Argentina.
Pakistan were lucky to qualify for the knockout rounds of the Hockey World League semifinal. Canada did the green shirts a favour when they held Scotland to a 1-1 draw on Tuesday. Pakistan qualified as the fourth team from group B with just one win against the lowly Scots and three big defeats.
Pakistan lost to India 7-1, went down to The Netherlands 4-1 but the 6-0 rout in the hands of Canada was tragic.
The odds will be stacked heavily against 13th-ranked Pakistan when they step out on Thursday against world No. 1 Argentina.
India have upperhand
After winning their opening three matches of the competition against Scotland, Canada and Pakistan handsomely, India went down 1-3 to the Netherlands in their final Pool B game on Tuesday.
Malaysia, on the other hand, scored an astounding 5-1 win against China in their last Pool A match on Tuesday. In their previous matches, the Malaysians tasted success against Korea but lost their matches against Argentina and England.
Going into Thursday’s clash, higher-ranked India have the upper hand but Malaysia can be a ‘tricky opponent’. Not so long ago, at the 26th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup earlier this year, Malaysia denied India entry to the summit clash with a 1-0 win.