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India beat Malaysia 2-1 for 3rd Asia Cup hockey title; end decade-long wait

The ever-improving Malaysians fought valiantly and didn't give up for a single minute

Press Trust of India  |  Dhaka 

Indian players celebrate after scoring a goal against Malaysia in the final of the Hero Asia Cup 2017 at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh. India beat Malaysia 2-1 to secure the title after 10 years. (Photo: PTI)
Indian players celebrate after scoring a goal against Malaysia in the final of the Hero Asia Cup 2017 at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh. India beat Malaysia 2-1 to secure the title after 10 years. (Photo: PTI)

India on Sunday ended their 10-year wait for continental triumph beating a gutsy 2-1 in the final of the Hockey Championship -- their third title in the tournament's history.

India, which won the last time in 2007 in Chennai, scored from field efforts through Ramandeep Singh (3rd minute) and Lalit Upadhyay (29th) to dash the hopes of Malaysia, who was in a sunmmit clash for the first time.


The ever-improving Malaysians, however, fought valiantly and didn't give up for a single minute. Their efforts bore fruit in the 50th minute when Shahril Saabah pulled one goal back.

The Indians ranked sixth in the world, were in for nervous last 10 minutes as went full throttle for an equaliser.

But the Indian defence was equal to the task and did well enough to hold onto their slender lead.

First Published: Mon, October 23 2017. 02:11 IST
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