India beat Malaysia 2-1 to clinch third Asia Cup hockey title

first_imgIndia won their third Asia Cup title with a clinical 2-1 victory over Malaysia as Ramandeep Singh, Lalit Upadhyay scored for India in Dhaka on Sunday.India had previously appeared in seven Asia Cup finals but had won on only two occasions in 2003 and 2007 consecutively.India had thrashed Malaysia 6-2 earlier in the Super 4s match but they proved to be a far more difficult opponent in the final.CHAMPIONS! India clinch the coveted #HeroAsiaCup 2017 (Men) crown with a thrilling win over Malaysia on 22nd Oct.#INDvMAS #IndiaKaGame Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 22, 2017India scored as early as the third minute through Ramandeep Singh who scored off an SV Sunil pass in two attempts. Indian strikers showed good movement and Sunil raced on the right flank and passed towards Ramandeep, who took two touches to find the back of the net.#ICYMI: @ramandeep_31’s splendid finish to open the scoring in this grand finale!#INDvMAS #HeroAsiaCup Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 22, 2017Thereafter, Malaysia starting putting some pressure on the Indian defence but the latter looked hardly troubled. Despite multiple penetrations and a penalty corner, Malaysia failed to convert any of their attacking forays.Sunil looked at his best in the first quarter and he made multiple runs on the right flank to put India in good positions but there didn’t come a decisive strike.The second quarter began with India beginning to take more control of the match but Malaysia had the big chance first. Malaysia played a defence splitting pass into the middle but even with two positioned strikers at the far post, none could get the final touch.advertisementA slew of attacks from India followed and in the 29th minute, Lalit Upadhyay found the net off a great move inititated by Akashdeep Singh.29′ GOAL!!! ????2?-0?????A perfect deflection by @lalithockey as India doubles their advantage.#HeroAsiaCup #INDvMAS- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 22, 2017The third quarter began with both teams pushing for goals. India showed flair and made good attacking moves but Malaysia remained solid and managed to keep India at bay.Lalit missed a beautiful chance when he failed to fire into an open goal after a good passage of play from India.Despite some attacking display, the third quarter remained goalless and India maintained their two-goal cushion.Malaysia accelerated in the fourth quarter and put up some organised play, the result of which they got in the 50th minute.Shahril Saabah managed to get one back for Malaysia after some compact and calm play by the team.50′ Goal!! ????2?-1?????Malaysia back into the game with a FG from Shahril Saabah.#HeroAsiaCup #INDvMAS- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 22, 2017Malaysia maintained the pressure on India thereafter but despite repeated forays, India held strong at the back and managed to hold on to the lead.As the final whistle blew, India were crowned the new Asia Cup champions.India had reached the final crushing Pakistan 4-0 in their Super 4s match on Saturday with Satbir Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Lalit Upadhyay and Gurjant Singh getting their names on the scoresheet.On the other hand, Malaysia made it to the final with a 1-1 draw against South Korea.India had a brilliant tournament as they thrashed Japan, Bangladesh and Pakistan with a 1-1 draw against South Korea in their first Super 4s match being the only blip.last_img

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