India Lost to Malaysia 3-4
Indian Team’s Performance in league Matches goes into wain and dreams to win Gold in Asian Games crashes out when they lost to Malaysia in semi-final match. Malaysian team has given a tough time to Indian Team today when both teams were tied 3-3 at the end of regulation time and Indian Team missed goal chances in extra time.
This is a sorry state for me to write that today our powerful drag-flick Sandeep Singh’s magic did not work. India fail to convert penalty corner changes in very last minute of the match, whereas they convert only 2 out of 4 changes which was not enough and Malaysia team converted 3 out of 4 changes in penalty corner.
With this loss the dreams of getting direct entry to 2012 London Olympics also broken down and now they have to pass through pain-full qualifying tournaments and indian hockey lovers can forget that last time India failed to qualify in 2008 Olympics when they lost to Great Britain in March 2008 in one of that qualifying tournament.
Its really hard to digest this defeat because Malaysia is ranked 15th team where as India is Ranked 9th in FIH MEN’S WORLD RANKINGS.
Anyways Gold medal and 2012 Direct Ticket is gone now… but India has to Play with South Korea for bronze on Thursday, 25th Nov. which was defeated by Pakistan today by penalty shoot-out after both sides were 1-1 at the end of regular as well as in extra-time.
Its Painful again to understand that South Korea is considerably much better team than India and this may force Indian team to came back without any medal.
Let’s Hope for the best from the rest now.. let both men and women get atleast Bronze for India in Asian Games.