India Beat Malaysia In Hockey To Clinch Asia Cup Title

India will host the 14th Men's Hockey World Cup in November-December next year in Bhubaneswar where three top teams of the ongoing Asia Cup will play.

India who had beaten their subcontinent rivals Pakistan in the group stages shall once again look to outclass their opponents and seal a berth into the summit clash on Sunday.

The two top teams of the group will qualify for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, scheduled to be held in the United Arab Emirates from January 5 to February 1, 2019.

India continued to dominate the possession in the first quarter as Malaysia failed to produce any good opportunities.

India scored from field efforts through Ramandeep Singh (3rd minute) and Lalit Upadhyay (29th). Ramandeep Singh added two more misses in the third quarter right when India would have expected a daunting overrun with huge goal difference.

Sjoerd Marijne's side imposed heavy pressure on the Malaysian defence from the outset and took a deserved the lead in the third minute with a planned attack.

Muhammad Shahril Saabah raised Malaysia's hopes when he collected a cross outside the penalty box and scored in the 50th minute to reduce the deficit.

This was India's third continental title. The scoreline could have been even more for India had their players converted the numerous chances that came across during the final.

On winning the title, the captain, Manpreet Singh, said, "Great honour to captain this team". This was our first ever Asia Cup final and I am really happy with the way the boys performed on two back-to-back days. "It was a close contest and I am happy how they played".


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