India loses to Malaysia, crashes out of HWL Semifinal

India loses to Malaysia, crashes out of HWL Semifinal

India loses to Malaysia, crashes out of HWL Semifinal

"The good thing is that we came back after being 3-0 down but we didn't do enough and got punished", coach Oltmans had said after the defeat against Netherlands. They can aim for fifth, at best.

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Pakistan, on the other hand, have improved with every game and fought hard before losing 1-3 to reigning Olympic champions Argentina in the quarterfinals. It defeated Korea 2-1, Malaysia 5-2, China 10-0 and drew against England 3-3.

The South Asian rivals will be playing for the fifth/sixth positions in London on Saturday.

India conceded as many as seven penalty corners, three of which were converted by Malaysia through Razie Rahim (19th, 48th minutes) and Tengku Tajuddin.

The Malaysian team made their Indian opponents pay for a series of uncharacteristic errors on their way to a shock win at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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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. Malaysia found the victor with Rahim converting yet another short corner in the 48th minute and they managed to maintain their lead.

This will give Pakistan a lot of hope for Saturday's match, as their own conversion from open play has been poor in this tournament. For India, it is their second defeat against Malaysia in little less than two months.

"While our first aim is to do well in the Pool Stage and do well against opponents like South Africa and Argentina, our big aim at the tournament is to qualify for the World Cup next year".

Pakistan's performance graph, while still lower than that of India, has been on the upswing.

The goal seemed to perk up the Indians and they peppered the Malaysian goal with repeated attacks. While successful circle penetrations were not easy to come by for India, Malaysia surprised them with two goals in the first five minutes of the second quarter that dented India's start.

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