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India lose to Malaysia, to play Pakistan again

24 June 2017

Ramandeep Singh scored both of India's goals and perhaps should have pulled India level with a minute to go, but the other Indian forwards had a mediocre outing. A minute later, Tengku Tajuddin doubled the score with another successful PC conversion. The Indians only had themselves to blame as a below-par opening 20 minutes and some sloppy defence ruined their hopes.

Though India were tipped as favourites to win, a stubborn Malaysian outfit kept India in the hunt the right from the beginning. Razie Rahim, who opened Malaysia's scoring in the 19th minute, told HT: "It is a dream come true".

For India, it is their second defeat against Malaysia in little less than two months, having lost 0-1 to them at the Azlan Shah Cup last month.

In other quarter finals fixtures, India will face off against Malaysia, Netherlands against China and England against Canada. However, India got many chances to score a goal after that one of which was when Ramandeep Singh tried to dribble past a couple of Malaysian defenders through the centre instead of passing it to a free man either side of him, but were unable to equalise the lead.

India remained unbeaten in the tournament until Tuesday, with strong wins against Scotland (4-1), Canada (3-0) and Pakistan (7-1).

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Tajuddin doubled Malaysia's lead in the very next minute when he fired home from another penalty corner. It is also encouraging that India did not concede any goal in the third and fourth quarter. The 1-1 result remained until the end of the first half.

Another area which would be high on Oltmans' mind is the unimpressive performance of young Harmanpreet Singh from penalty corners.

Malaysia has always been a thorn in Indian hockey team's flesh and so it proved it again.

Malaysia continued their attacking game and got a great opportunity to break the deadlock in the 17h minute when a scoop from the deep found Nabil Noor alone inside the Indian circle but alert goalkeeper Vikas Dahiya came off his line to deny Noor.

India lose to Malaysia, to play Pakistan again