HWL Semi final 5th-8th place match 2017

Hope Soto
June 24, 2017

The strike force, too, have misfired a lot in the tournament, even though Ramandeep Singh and Akashdeep Singh have scored some scintillating field goals.

Malaysia, banking on counterattacks, began the proceedings by forcing two successive penalty corners in the third minute.

The Indians only have themselves to blame as a below-par opening 20 minutes and some sloppy defending ruined their hopes.

The qualification for the World Cup in 2018 is a bit complicated - with continental events like the Asia Cup in Bangladesh later this year also guaranteeing qualification for the champions - but a fifth-place finish in London will seal a spot for the tournament in Bhubaneswar next year. Razie's first penalty corner flick was blocked by goalkeeper Vikas Dahiya and the rebound went to Faizal Saari, who shot into the side of the net despite having a view of the goal. India's goals came from the sticks of Ramandeep Singh (24th, 26th).

Meanwhile, Argentina has remained undefeated in the competition so far.

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In the first semi-final, Argentina will face off Malaysia on Saturday and England will lock horns with Netherlands in the other semi-final on the same day. Malaysia for sure have India's number. Malaysia pressed hard early on and secured two penalty corners but wasted both the chances.

Both Pool A matches were draws as China and Scotland could not be separated at 1-1, while South Korea's clash with Italy ended goalless.

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.

Malaysia has always been a thorn in Indian hockey team's flesh and so it proved it again. The idea was to pass the ball around quickly, not allowing the Malaysians to settle.

Malaysia, ranked 22 in the world, started off well by taking the lead off their first penalty corner, converted by skipper Siti Noor Amarina Ruhani in the third minute at the Fallon Stadium.

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