China get maiden qualification for Hockey World Cup

Emmett Rice
October 23, 2017

The Asian champions automatically qualify for the 2018 Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar, India.

However, India managed to hold on to their lead to deny Malaysia their first Asia Cup title.

India had moved to the final of the tournament by beating Pakistan 4-0.

The live broadcast of India vs Malaysia hockey match will be available on Star Sports 1/HD (English) and Star Sports 1 Hindi/HD while live streaming is available on Hotstar.

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

Lalit Upadhyay doubled India's advantage as he scored a superb field goal in the 29th minute. Sunil Sowmapreet darted into the circle from the right flank to release a fierce push for Ramandeep Singh, who hit the board with his second attempt after the Malaysian goalkeeper had blocked the initial hit. Indian team shined throughout the second half.

This was India's third continental title. But the Malaysians fought valiantly and their efforts bore fruit in the 50th minute when Shahril Saabah pulled one goal back. "We are enjoying [the moment], also it is Satbir Singh, one of our teammate's birthday today - and it's a sweet win to mark his birthday too". The score was 2-1 heading into the last ten minutes of the game. India looked more organised after the change of ends. "India rejoices at this stupendous victory", the Prime Minister said. Malaysia, on the other hand, after playing out a 1-1 draw against South Korea made it to the final.

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