India Beat Malaysia In Hockey To Clinch Asia Cup Title

Not only were India brilliant in attack their players also defended in numbers. Image courtesy Neeraj Tiwari

Indian team with Hero Asia Cup 2017.

India booked their spot in the Final of Asia Cup 2017 with a convincing 4-0 victory over arch-rivals Pakistan in the Super 4s match at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium on Saturday, Asian Hockey Federation reported.

Ramandeep Singh gave India earlier beak by scoring the first goal in the third minute of the game.

The Malaysian strikers despite continuous penetrations could not find the back of the net.

After things stayed goalless at half time, India once again emphasised on the big gulf between the two teams with quick and efficient passing in the third and fourth quarter. Malaysia, who had lost to India 2-6 in the league match, struck back in the final quarter to reduce India's lead but the latter managed to hold on to their advantage till the final whistle.

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China are the 15th team to qualify for the World Cup, joining hosts India, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Spain and France at the prestigious 16-nation event.

This was India's third continental title.

Muhammad Shahril Saabah raised Malaysia's hopes when he collected a cross outside the penalty box and scored in the 50th minute to reduce the deficit.

However, the match became much more interesting in the final quarter as Malaysia scored a goal with ten minutes left for the hooter. India looked more organised after the change of ends. Malaysia, on the other hand, after playing out a 1-1 draw against South Korea made it to the final.

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