Asian Games hockey: Malaysia stun India

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India custodian PR Sreejesh.

Jakarta, August 30: An inspired Malaysia put the reigning champions the Indian men’s hockey team out of contention for the gold medal after scoring a 7-6 win in the pressure-packed sudden death shootout here at the Asian Games on Thursday.

The Indian team fumbled twice to lose the lead in regulation time to end the 60 minutes play with a 2-2 draw. It was youngsters Harmanpreet Singh (33′) and Varun Kumar (40′) who had scored in regulation time for India while  Faizal Saari (39′) and Rahim Muhammad Razie (59′) equalised for Malaysia and took the match into the shootout.

On Saturday, India will take on the losing team of second semifinal between Pakistan and Japan in the bronze medal match.

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