Indian men’s hockey team defeats Malaysia 5-0 in Asia Champions Trophy game

Overwhelming India regained their roar of victory by defeating Malaysia 5-0 in the 2023 Asia Champions Trophy hockey round-robin match here on Sunday. Local favorite Karti Selvam (15′) and vice-captain Hardik Singh (32′) scored the goals, followed by skipper Harmanpreet Singh (42′), Gurjant Singh (53′) and Jugraj Singh. (54th minute) also scored a goal. With this result, India came out on top and inched closer to advancing to the semi-finals. India started the first quarter aggressively, almost penetrating into Malaysia’s box and creating some very clear scoring chances. Meanwhile, Malaysia’s Fitri Saari made a tough interception in the 8th minute and was given a green card.

As the first quarter drew to a close, Harmanpreet ran unmarked towards the Malaysian box and passed the ball to Selvam, who comfortably tucked it in to give the host team the lead.

At the start of the next quarter, India’s Vivek Sagar received a green card. However, India continued their relentless attack, including several penalty corners.

The Men in Blue came close twice before the break, but were unable to make the most of their chances as the Malaysians defended solidly to keep the score 1-0 at half-time.

After the restart, it didn’t take long for the Indians to extend their lead.

Just minutes into the third quarter, it was a penalty corner that midfielder Hardik neatly converted from the rebound after Harmanpreet’s first flick was deflected away by the goalkeeper.

Malaysia later earned a penalty corner in the quarter, which was converted by Najmi Jazlan. But the Indians called for a video inquiry and the goal was overturned for a dangerous flick, and the crowd’s silence turned to cheers.

Nilakanta Sharma and Prasad were given yellow cards in the 33rd and 37th minutes, but in the 42nd minute India received three consecutive penalties, the third of which was scored by Hardik.

As the match entered the final quarter, both teams stepped up their attack, but it was India who dominated the ball.

After several corner chances, Gurjant scored the fourth goal for the Indians in the 53rd minute with an assist to Mandeep Singh and an assist from Hardik, but his shot was deflected by Gurjant and the goal was a proper goal. decided.

Despite scoring four points, the Men in Blue refused to slow down and a minute later Jugraj converted another penalty corner to extend their lead.

India continued to play hard even as the match drew to a close.

India will next face defending champions South Korea on Monday, while Malaysia will face Japan.

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