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Published: Sat, June 24, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Malaysia cause upset win; beat India 3-2

Malaysia cause upset win; beat India 3-2

Razie Rahim (19th and 48th) and Tengku Tajuddin (20th) scored for Malaysia, while Ramandeep Singh (24th and 26th) scored for India's but his miss in the final minute will haunt him for a while.

They might have nothing other than pride to play for, unlike both opponents they will face in their last matches, but India must leave London with a statement that they can maintain good form beyond just the preliminary stages in global events. The Indians only had themselves to blame as a below-par opening 20 minutes and some sloppy defence ruined their hopes.

With this win, Malaysia booked a place in the 2018 Hockey World Cup and Hockey World League, to be held later this year.

Rahim gave Malaysia the lead when he converted a penalty corner.

Ramandeep's sense of positioning saw him scoring India's first goal. Malaysia will now clash with Argentina in the semifinals. Argentina defeated Pakistan in the first quarterfinal.

Pakistan hockey team, which has suffered three straight defeats against Netherlands, India and Canada, qualified for the quarterfinals after Canada and Scotland drew 1-1 on Tuesday. The ball was then picked up by Chinglensana and improvised by Ramandeep to ensure India levelled the score. A minute later, Malaysia doubled their lead as Tengku neatly deflected in from their fourth penalty corner.

While for the Indian team a loss would be disastrous after such a convincing win in the pool stage and it will raise question marks over Coach Oltmans and his team's progress in the last one year.

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

While the Indians played attacking hockey, the Malaysians preferred to sit back and defend and rely on counter-attacks.

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.

Muhammad Razie turned a hero for Malaysia after scoring the winning goals in the 48th minute to seal a World Cup spot for the country.

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