India 2 Malaysia 2, After quiet first two quarters, the third quarter saw three goals scored in which India maintained a 2-1 lead over Malaysia but it was Malaysia that heaped monumental pressure on the Indian defence and finally pulled an equaliser int he dying minutes of the fourth quarter. When the match went into the penalties, both the teams refused to budge and give away any lead to each other. After much to and fro of shots, it was Malaysia that emerged triumphant after SV Sunil missed the seventh penalty shot and India lost the match 6-7 on penalties.
After a mind-altering 20-0 victory over Sri Lanka in their last Pool A game, Indian men’s hockey team will now lock horns with Malaysia on Thursday in the semifinal of the Asian Games 2018 at 5:30 pm. Oozing with confidence, defending champions India, will walk onto the field having made history, scoring a record number of goals in any tournament. Till now Argentina held this world-record with 68 goals scored in the Pan-Am Cup in London in 2004. However, the defending champs have pumped as many as 76 goals in their last 5 games at the 18th edition of the Asiad which is being held in Indonesia’s twin cities Jakarta and Palembang.
India have been unstoppable as they have registered wins over Indonesia (17-0), Hong Kong (26-0), Japan (8-0), Korea (5-3) and Sri Lanka (20-0) to finish on top of group A.
Malaysian team has also emerged as a force to reckon with at the 18th Asiad. They have managed to secure comfortable wins over Kazakhstan (16-2), Thailand (10-0), Bangladesh (7-0) and Oman (7-0) except a 1-4 loss against Pakistan.
Here are the India vs Malaysia men’s hockey semifinal LIVE updates:
It's over for India! Malaysia win 7-6 in penalty shootout
Malaysia 2 India 2 (7-6). After a stuttering start to the penalty shootout, both the teams gained momentum in the shootout and refused to stop the goalscoring. However, it was the Malaysian hockey team that emerged triumphant in the battle of nerves when SV Sunil missed a penalty shot and gifted a sensational victory to Malaysia.
Malaysia 2 India 2, penalty shootout goes to the wire
Both Malaysian and Indian hockey players have stayed at par in the penalty shootout so far. After taking 5 penalty shots, the score is tied at 2-2 still and it appears like the match will go to the wire after both the teams are unwilling to give up.
Penalty shootout: India 1 Malaysia 1
After the Malaysian player tricks Sreejesh with a string of juggles and dribbles and gives a 1-0 lead to his side in the penalty shootout. A swift-moving Akashdeep goes past the Malaysian goalkeeper and pulls one back for the Indian hocket team.
Malaysia scores a crucial equaliser, India 2:2 Malaysia
India finally succumbs to the Malaysian pressure and gives away a penalty corner. Abd Rahim Mohammad Razi steps up to take take the penalty corner and duly converts it giving Malaysia a fantastic last-gasp equaliser. It will be interesting to see how India and Malaysia will fare in the penalty shootout now!
India 2:1 Malaysia, final two minutes of play
It is turning out to be a cliffhanger and it appears that the crucial encounter will go down to the wire. India gives away a foul in the box and a penalty corner has been awarded to Malaysia. Anything can happen now in the match.
India 2:1 Malaysia, Four minutes to go in the scintillating match
India has been effectively holding on to the lead and making sure all the attacks of Malaysia are at bay. It is just a matter of couple of minutes left in the game and if India manages to keep the lead and see the match out, they will either face Pakistan or Japan in the final.
India vs Malaysia live score, India 2 Malaysia 1, 8 minutes to go
India is really holding on to the lead, India 2 Malaysia 1. This is a good performance as Sardara Singh was out on suspension for some time. Still India is holding on to the lead. Indian team needs to hold their nerve and keep the scoreline intact to make it to the finals.
India 2 Malaysia 1, India Still maintains the lead and hoping to win the semifinals
India still leading with 10 minutes to go. These are crucial tens minutes, India must keep attacking as defending in hockey can be counter-productive. The other semifinal is between Japan and Pakistan today itself.
India 2 Malaysia 1 after 45 minutes of play, Varun Kumar scores second Goal
India is leading 2-1 after three quarters. This lead is not good enough as India should try to increase the lead to make sure there is no penalty shootout. India is looking confident and second goal has been scored by Varun Kumar.
Malaysia strikes back! India 1:1 Malaysia
India gives away the lead. After Malaysian keeper makes a superb save, he releases his attackers on a counter and they duly puts it into the net. A defensive lapse by Sreejesh! India 1:1 Malaysia
Gooooooaaaall! India 1:0 Malaysia
Harmanpreet Singh buries a penalty corner into the net. A sensational score from a drag flick. India finally finds lead in the game after much effort. They should prepare themselves for some retaliation.
Third quarter begins!
Change of ends here in the scintillating match. Both the teams have displayed resolute characteristics and it will be interesting to see who wins this battle of nerves.
India 0:0 Malaysia at half-time!
India has gained momentum in the game as Malaysians are pushed off the back foot. Manpreet is the chief architect in most of India's play, however, a water-tight defence of Malaysia is letting nothing through them. Half-time whistle!
Penalty corner to Malaysia!
Harmanpreet makes a foul and Malaysia gets a penalty corner. Penalty corner missed. Mandeep charges on the right flank and lays over to Akashdeep but the attack has been effectively contained by Malaysia. India needs to improve significantly if they seek anything out of this match.
Second quarter begins!
Indian men are keeping their composure in the game but it is Sreejesh who is trying to move mountains in order to keep Malaysian attacks at bay. Malaysia is capitalising on every loophole that India is leaving unaddressed.
India 0:0 Malaysia
An exciting end to the first quarter. The match offers too much promise and fireworks should be expected now.
Malaysia looks threatening!
Malaysia looks threatening on the break and comes close to scoring but keeper Sreejesh rises to the occasion and makes a gallant effort to parry the shot. Penalty corner given to Malaysia. And it is Sreejesh yet again to the rescue of India with a fantastic effort.
India refuses to slow down!
Couple of penalty corners here in quick succession to both the teams. Barely two minutes are left in the first quarter and the Indian hockey team is refusing to slow down the tempo of the match.
Penalty corner to India!
Sensational stuff at the right flank by SV Sunil and the whole Indian unit is wreaking havoc in Malaysia's defence. India wins penalty corner but fails to capitalise on it.
Malaysia gets goal overturned!
So close for Malaysia! They take lead over India but after Rupinder Pal Singh seeks the help of video referral system, the decision of the goal is overturned and the Indian team can have the sigh of relief.
India 0:0 Malaysia
India, which is unbeaten in the tournament so far, has started the game strongly and dominating Malaysia on all fronts. Indians are pressing high up the pitch with Manpreet Singh pulling the strings from midfield.
Here's the playing XI of India
India: PR Sreejesh (Captain, Goalkeeper) Akashdeep Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Lalit Upadhyay, Manpreet Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh, Sardar Singh, SV Sunil, Surender Kumar, Varun Kumar