Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2018, India vs Ireland, hockey highlights: IND lose, fail to qualify for final
Get highlights of India v Ireland hockey match of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2018 here. India went down 2-3 to Ireland in the last league match in Ipoh today.other sports Updated: Mar 09, 2018 17:14 IST
Get highlights of India v Ireland hockey match of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2018 here. The Sardar Singh-led Indian hockey team went down to World No.10 Ireland in their last league phase game of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2018 in Ipoh today. India finished in fifth position in the standings in the six-team tournament and will take on Ireland again, who finished sixth, in the 5-6 classification playoff on Saturday. World No.1 Australia have already qualified for the final, also to be played on Saturday. One of these three teams -- Olympic champions Argentina, hosts Malaysia and England will play Australia in the final.
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17:12 hrs IST: Meanwhile Australia have already qualified for the final. England and Malaysia play next and that match will decide whether England, Malaysia or Argentina play in the final
17:10 hrs IST: India finished the tournament with one win, one draw but three losses to finish fifth in the standings. They will again play Ireland in the 5-6 position playoff on Saturday.
17:08 hrs IST: Sad end for India who lost their final league match of the tournament, that too to minnows Ireland.
17:05 hrs IST: And that is it! Ireland have beaten India 3-2!
17:03 hrs IST: Ireland are about to win their first game of the tournament while India are likely to lose their 3rd of the event
17:01 hrs IST: PC for India! Wasted....
17:00 hrs IST: Less than five minutes left in the game
16:59 hrs IST: India are trying but the game has slowed down
16:55 hrs IST: For obvious reasons, Ireland have become very cautious in their defence. They want to maintain status quo
16:53 hrs IST: Only 10 minutes left!
16:52 hrs IST: If the game finishes in this fashion, India will end as the fifth ranked team and will again play Ireland in the 5-6 position playoff tomorrow
16:50 hrs IST: Make or break chance for India in the last 15 minutes!
16:49 hrs IST: End of third quarter and Ireland lead India 3-2!
16:48 hrs IST: India are desperate for a goal!
16:47 hrs IST: Wayward attacks from India. Things falling apart for the five time Sultan Azlan Shah Cup winners
16:45 hrs IST: PC chance and Ireland convert to take the lead for the first time in this match! Deflected, the ball touched goalkeeper Karkera’s foot but slowly went in! Ireland’s first goal via the penalty corner in this match! Two goals by the European team in this quarter
16:43 hrs IST: Ireland meanwhile will finish last irrespective of the result today. This win will just add a sweet taste to their campaign
16:41 hrs IST: India must win to have any hopes of qualifying for the final. If they draw, they will playing classification playoffs.
16:39 hrs IST: India were to quick to respond and attack the Irish goal but Ireland defenders did well to keep India out and counter attack
16:37 hrs IST: A complete defensive lapse from India. It was one of the most easiest goals scored in this tournament which allowed Ireland to draw level
16:35 hrs IST: Ireland score! 2-2!
16:34 hrs IST: India on the defensive!
16:32 hrs IST: The game is being played in the Irish half as of now
16:30 hrs IST: Not sure what India coach Sjoerd Marijne said to the team but the tempo has increased in the second half
16:29 hrs IST: Very important half an hour for India.
16:28 hrs IST: And we are back
16:20 hrs IST: Take a short break. We will be back soon
16:19 hrs IST: Penalty corner for Ireland! Karkera saves it with his left hand! HOOTER! India leads Ireland 2-1 at half-time!
16:18 hrs IST: Ireland should not be taken lightly. They are good when it comes to counter-attacks
16:16 hrs IST: A couple of minutes left in the first half
16:14 hrs IST: Amit Rohidas’ 26th minute drag flick does it for India
16:12 hrs IST: PC for India! And they score! India 2-1 up in no time! Good comeback
16:11 hrs IST: This has not been a great game by India so far
16:09 hrs IST: India give it away! Ireland have scored! Scores 1-1
16:07 hrs IST: India have however managed to hold on to the goal difference, though they would want to score more goals
16:05 hrs IST: Ireland are also taking their chances. It is not going to be a walk in the park for India
16:04 hrs IST: Ramandeep had a good chance there but wasted. Nobody to back up or to pass on
16:02 hrs IST: Ireland were asking for a penalty corner but umpires ruled the decision in India’s favour
16:00 hrs IST: Ireland have been quite aggressive in this quarter so far, not that they have much choice
15:57 hrs IST: And here begins the second quarter
15:56 hrs IST: End of the first quarter and India lead Ireland 1-0. Ramandeep Singh’s goal the difference between the two sides
15:54 hrs IST: Another PC for India and..... this time they miss out. The ball was dragged outside the post
15:53 hrs IST: Ramandeep Singh puts India ahead 1-0 in the 10th minute!
15:52 hrs IST: They have made the PC count and India are leading 1-0
15:51 hrs IST: Penalty corner for India!
15:50 hrs IST: With five minutes left in the first quarter, the scoreline is still 0-0
15:49 hrs IST: The match though has largely been played in Ireland’s half
15:47 hrs IST: India should look threatening to teams ranked lower than them, which has not been the case so far
15:44 hrs IST: India had a good chance there but very poor finish. This way they will barely score anything
15:42 hrs IST: India have possession but are on the defensive. Quite a slow game so far
15:40 hrs IST: Sardar Singh is leading India with Suraj Karkera in the goal
15:39 hrs IST: Half the pitch is under the shade while the other half is very sunny
15:36 hrs IST: The anthems have been sung and the game begins!
15:32 hrs IST: The two teams are stepping out on to the pitch for the national anthems
15:27 hrs IST: While India are ranked No.6 in the world, Ireland are No.10
15:25 hrs IST: Earlier in the day, World Champions Australia beat Argentina 3-1 to top the pool standings. They had already qualified for the final. We will get to know which team will take on Australia in the summit clash tomorrow
15:20 hrs IST: India started off with a loss against Olympic champions Argentina before drawing with England. They then went down to world champions Australia before finally beating hosts Malaysia in the last game
15:15 hrs IST: India have so far won one, lost two and drawn one
15:13 hrs IST: India are taking on minnows Ireland, who are yet to win a game in this tournament
15:10 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of Indian hockey team’s final group phase match in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2018
In the first match of the day, the top-two ranked teams in the world, Australia and Argentina will face each other. The match will be followed by India’s game vs Ireland. England will play the final contest of the day against hosts Malaysia and the game will finally decide the line-up.
Australia are the most successful team having won the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup nine times. India are second in the list with five titles but their last victory came in 2010.