While Korea clinched a comfortable victory over Oman, India and Malaysia finished off with a goalless battle-royale on the 7th day of the Hero Asian Champions Trophy 2018. Here's a look at the results of the day on 23rd October 2018.#IndiaKaGame #HeroACT2018 pic.twitter.com/ujbNKXZn4g — Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 23, 2018
In Match 12 of Asian Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy, India, led by Manpreet Singh, will lock horns with Malaysia, who defeated India in the semifinals of Asian Games 2018, at Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Muscat. The spirited Indian hockey team will look to extend their unbeaten streak in the Men's Asian Championship in their fourth round-robin match today.
The team had earlier produced a flamboyant performance in their third match against Japan, blanking the latter by a massive 9-0 margin. In tie against Japan, the world no 5 team showcased some domineering display scoring goals in all the four quarters through Mandeep Singh (4', 49', 57'), Harmanpreet Singh (17', 21'), Gurjant Singh (8'), Akashdeep Singh (36'), Sumit (42') and Lalit Upadhyay (45') to register a convincing victory and remain at the top of the Pool Standings.
The Indians afresh from the 3-1 victory against Pakistan on Saturday, started the match with a good rhythm as forwards Lalit Upadhyay and Akashdeep Singh got chances in the opening minutes. But it was Mandeep Singh who drew the first blood in the 4th minute as he deflected a low cross from Akashdeep Singh from the left flank, through the Japanese goalkeeper's leg and into the back of the net. India continued to put pressure on the Japanese defense and scored eight more goals till the final whistle.