Saturday, May 15, 2010

India Reached the Final of Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Hockey 2010

Indian hockey team thrashed Egypt 7-1 on Saturday to ensure their progress to the final of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2010 in Malaysia. With this victory, India acquired 13 points, and thus, leading in the point table. South Korea, who defeated Pakistan 4-2 today, will meet India in the tournament final on 16 May.

Knowing that only a victory can clinch them a place in the final, India did not have a very good start against Egypt. Against an opponent who conceded 26 goals from their previous 5 games in the tournament, India had to wait for 33 minutes for the first goal that came through Dhananjay Mahadik.

Egypt restricted India within a goal in the first half, but their defense broke out at the beginning of the second half when India netted 5 goals in the space of 9 minutes. During this time, Mahadik completed his hat-trick, and Rajpal Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh and Tushar Khandker scored once each for India.

Just 2 minutes off the final whistle, Egypt scored a consolatory goal through Ahmad Abd El Hakim. This was Egypt’s only 4th goal in the tournament. In the final minute, Savanjit Singh increased India’s lead to 7-1.

Meanwhile, Pakistan failed to make to the final after losing to South Korea 4-2 in another important match of the day, while Australia defeated China 4-0. Korea got into the final with better goal difference leaving behind Australia and Malaysia.

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