India eliminated in the quarter-finals

India vs Netherlands Hockey World League 2017 Match

They might have nothing other than pride to play for, unlike both opponents they will face in their last matches, but India must leave London with a statement that they can maintain good form beyond just the preliminary stages in global events. Malaysia doubled the advantage via Tengku Tajuddin with another penalty corner in the 20th minute. India have only themselves to blame for this defeat.

Two stinging drag flicks from Razie Rahim and a set-piece conversion by Tengku Ahmed placed Malaysia in the last-four and secured them a place in the 2018 World Cup.

India's midfield, led by the talismanic Sardar Singh and skipper Manpreet Singh, will have to take more responsibility while the inexperienced defence needs to pull up its socks as one bad day in office can now throw the team out of the tournament. For India, it is their second defeat against Malaysia in little less than two months. Malaysia for sure have India's number. Argentina defeated Pakistan in the first quarterfinal.

Tajuddin doubled Malaysia's lead in the very next minute when he fired home from another penalty corner.

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Mirco Pruijser chipped in with two goals, while Robbert Kemperman, Jonas de Geus, Billy Bakker, Bjorn Kellerman and Tristan Algera all got on the scoresheet in a rampant display from the Dutch team. The first quarter ended goalless with Malaysia controlling the proceedings.

The Malaysian team made their Indian opponents pay for a series of uncharacteristic errors on their way to a shock win at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The incited Spain to get more aggressive in attack, and they got even at the 28th minute when Carola Salvatella scored a field goal.

In the final minute of the game, an unmarked Ramandeep had a golden chance to score his hat-trick and take the match into shoot-out but his deflection in front of an open Malaysian goal was wide by inches. The idea was to pass the ball around quickly, not allowing the Malaysians to settle.

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