India capitalised on Australia’s lacklustre performance to register a commendable 4-2 win.
Despite taking home three full points from the game, India are only eligible to play for the bronze medal, as the second spot in the finals would be a fight between New Zealand and Korea.
Still, fans of India filled the stadium to cheer on their favourite hockey boys and they were not let down.
A smiling Paul van Ass, in his first assignment for India as coach, said that it was great to win against the World Number 1. He stressed that despite the poor showing in the earlier games, India did play well, statistically.
Australia’s Head Coach Graham Reid gave credit to India for their ball possessions. He said, “We did not respond well to India’s pressure and had lapses in defence. This is a good wake up call for us.”
But then again, Australia had already qualified for the finals. Why would they go all out in this game? Wouldn’t it be better to conserve their energy?
Also, because they have already sealed their spot, the coach could field the younger players for them to gain some international exposure.
Event: 2015 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup – Match 13 – Australia (2) – India (4)
Venue: Stadium Azlan Shah, Ipoh
Date: 11th April, 2015
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