India beat Malaysia 2-1, lift Asia Cup title

by Luis Castro October 23, 2017, 0:38
India beat Malaysia 2-1, lift Asia Cup title

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated the Indian hockey team for winning the Asia Cup 2017.

However, India managed to hold on to their lead to deny Malaysia their first Asia Cup title.

Pakistan, who were in a must-win situation, have been knocked out.

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After a 1-1 draw against Korea in their first Super 4s match, India came back roaring against Malaysia and trounced them 6-2.

Satbir Singh (39th minute), Harmanpreet Singh (51), Lalit Upadhyay (52) and Gurjant Singh (57) scored for India. After demolishing Pakistan 4-0 yesterday the Indian attackers toyed around with Malaysian defenders and ensured a comfortable victory for the Men in Blue. Ramandeep Singh added two more misses in the third quarter right when India would have expected a daunting overrun with huge goal difference.

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.

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The game between Malaysia and North Korea was postponed following the murder of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of the North's leader, Kim Jong-un, at klia2 on February 13.

In the recent encounters between the two sides, India have had the upper hand over their traditional rivals, and the Manpreet Singh-led side would look to continue their stranglehold over the neighboring country. "Playing the games in this way, and in this order, helps us protect the sporting principles of the Asian Cup final qualifying round", said Windsor John.

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