Hockey: India Clinched 3rd Hero Asia Cup 2017 Title✌

On Sunday, India conquered Malaysia by 2-1 in the final round of Hockey Asia Cup 2017 and won the title for the third time.

India ended a 10-year wait for the triumph after a nail-biting fight with Malaysia.

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India earlier won Asia Cup in the year in 2003 (Kuala Lumpur) and 2007 (Chennai), scored from field efforts via Ramandeep Singh and Lalit Upadhyay to ruin Malaysian hope.

This country was in summit fight for the very first time since tournament’s foundation.

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The Malaysians, however, fought boldly and didn’t give up for even one minute. They worked well in the 50th minute when player Shahril Saabah pulled one goal back.

Indians ranked sixth in the entire world, were nervous for the last 10 minutes but the defense did everything possible to take the lead.

Pakistan won the bronze after curbing out Korea by 6-3 in the third-fourth place match earlier in the day.

For India’ new coach Marijne Sjoerd, it was an ideal start to his turn as the Asia Cup 2017 was his first tournament in charge as a senior.

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The high-ranked Indian players finished undisputed in the tournament, having triumphed all their play matches rather than for the 1-1 draw against the opponent Korea in the ‘Super 4s stage’.

Today’s win was India’s second win over Malaysia in the hockey tournament, having to surpass them by 6-2 in the Super 4s stage. And it was their best outcome in the tournament for Malaysia.

India goes ahead in the third minute via Ramandeep, who scored from a spring back after his first deflection from a Sunil cross hit the post. 

Chinglensana’s reverse hit from nearby range then went broadly as our country wasted a golden opportunity.

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During the last 10 minutes, Malaysian players mounted hit after hit in search of balance. It had a golden chance to take the play into a shoot-out after it accomplished its third penalty corner, but the India stood tall.

With nearly three minutes left for the final round, Malaysia withdrew goalkeeper for an additional player, but the decision failed to achieve the desired result.



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