Asian Champions Trophy Hockey: India held to goalless draw by Malaysia

first_imgIndia missed a galore of chances against Malaysia in their penultimate round robin match of the Asian Champions Trophy Hockey in Muscat on Tuesday as they were held to a goalless draw by Malaysia.Earlier in the year, India had lost to Malaysia in the semi-finals on penalty shootout, losing their chance to defend their crown and a direct qualification to 2020 Tokyo Olympics as they had to settle for a bronze.India are unbeaten in the tournament so far and despite the draw, they lead the table with 10 points rom five match. Their Achilles heel Malaysia have the same number of points but are behind India on goal difference.The goal difference between India and Malaysia is massive as India enjoy 22-goal difference to Malaysia’s seven.India retain the top spot in the standings after a hard-fought match against Malaysia who hold on to its second position. Here’s a look at how the six teams stand following the matches on 23rd October. #IndiaKaGame #HeroACT2018 pic.twitter.com/47WYDWkMKoHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 24, 2018This was India’s big chance to avenge their Asian Games loss to Malaysia but despite all the attack that India managed to do, their wastefulness in front of the goal cost them.Also read – India took their eye off the ball: Ric Charlesworth on decline of Indian hockey in 1990sIndia got off to a nervy start as they wasted several scoring opportunities early in the match. They had a spate of chances early in the contest, only for Hardik Singh to fritter away a scoring opportunity, Harmanpreet Singh’s penalty corner flick to be blocked by the Malaysia goalkeeper and Mandeep Singh failing to get a touch on long diagonal balls twice in the first quarter.advertisementMalaysia created one opening on a counter-attack but mostly fell back to defend their goal against the Indian strikers.In the second half, the Indian strikers were not allowed space to enter the circle until the closing stages when they forced two penalty corners but could not produce a goal-bearing shot. This was a period when Malaysia were down to 10 players as Tengku Tajuddin was shown the yellow card for a deliberate foul on India captain Manpreet Singh and yet India failed to capitalise on the man advantage.FT. Despite a spirited performance with an array of attacks, the Indian Men’s Hockey Team falls short of converting and finishes the hard-fought round-robin encounter against Malaysia with a deadlock at the Hero Asian Champions Trophy. #IndiaKaGame #HeroACT2018 #INDvMAS pic.twitter.com/HmMopjmfXKHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 23, 2018Indian chief coach Harendra Singh rued the missed chances, saying, “I am not happy. We cannot miss chances like this in international hockey.”Malaysian coach Roelant Oltmans, on the other hand, said that his team faced a tough time when they were down to 10 players due to Tajuddin’s yellow card.”We came under some pressure in the last phase after the yellow card. Otherwise, the game was more or less what we expected,” said Oltmans.India had earlier thrashed hosts Oman 11-0 before outclassing arch-rivals Pakistan 3-1. In their last match, India mauled reigning Asian Games gold medalist Japan 9-0.With an unbeaten record so far in the tournament, India and Malaysia have already secured their places in the semi-finals of the tournament.While India will take on South Korea in their last round robin match on Wednesday, Malaysia will square up against Pakistan on Thursday.(With inputs from agencies)last_img

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