India vs Malaysia Hockey World League semi-final 2017: India has lost the semi-final of the Hockey World League 2017 to Malaysia in a nail-biter of a match. The Malaysian Hockey team defeated the Indian team 3-2. India had won all but one match it had played in the group stages. However, the hockey team had lost the final game in the group stage to The Netherlands by a 3-1 margin. The performance of the hockey team despite the loss to The Netherlands has been top-notch.
Both sides were unable to score goals in the third quarter of the game, but the Indian team had dominated and maintained possession. The Indian side though was unable to convert the possession into a goal. India carried the status quo of the third quarter into the fourth quarter. Unfortunately for the Indian side, Tengku Tajuddin was able to convert a penalty corner into a goal, according to the Indian Express.
India’s Akashdeep Singh had two chances to score a goal but could not convert those opportunities into goals. Ramandeep who had already tasted blood in the game did find an open goal in the last minute but was unable to score as the ball went past the goal post. The Malaysian side defended their lead very well and hence have qualified for the 2018 Hockey World Cup, which will be held in India.