Hockey: Our boys down champions India to keep alive final hopes

Not many people know that one of the other sports that I used to play for my school for was field hockey. Back then Malaysia was alot better than they are now in terms of world rankings. Anyways, at the recent Sultan Azlan cup, Malaysia recently beat India to keep our final hopes alive! Next match is against China if we beat them the road to the finals is very clear indeed. It is an exciting week for Malaysian sports and in both  cases, we have to beat China! The star records this moment below:

  
Malaysia turned on the power to whip India 5-2 on a day when goals flowed freely in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup here yesterday.

A total of 23 goals were scored in the three matches played at the Azlan Shah Stadium.
After Australia had drawn 5-5 against Pakistan and China having beaten Egypt 5-1, Malaysia kept the adrenalin flowing with the convincing win over the defending champions.

 Jubilation: Muhamad Razie Abdul Rahim (centre) celebrating with his team-mates after scoring against India in the Azlan Shah Cup yesterday

The win kept alive Malaysia hopes to qualify for the final and they may claim the berth with a victory over China today. India should secure qualification as they will be up against lowly Egypt in their final round-robin fixture on Saturday.

Malaysia broke the deadlock in the match against India in the 27th minute off their third penalty corner. Mohamed Amin, after missing two earlier attempts, made no mistake with a low flick past goalkeeper Bharat Chetri. The Malaysians went 2-0 up in the 39th minute with Tengku Ahmad Tajudddin scoring with a reverse hit.

Hardly had the cheers died down from the home crowd, Malaysia struck again in the 41st minute when defender Mohamed Razie joined the attack to score a field goal.
India earned two penalty corners in succession in the 44th minute and Danish Mujtaba made the second attempt count. Malaysia also gained two penalty corners in the 48th minute and Mohamed Amin restored the three-goal advantage over India.

In the 60th minute Azreen Rizal, who is making his senior debut in this tournament, scored his first goal for the national team after he collected a pass from Azlan Misron to slam the ball into an empty goal to give Malaysia a 5-1 lead. India reduced the deficit in the 68th minute through Ravi Pal.