Despite the many chances Malaysia had, the boys were unable to convert them into goals. It was very disappointing, especially on Merdeka night, when the nation was celebrating Independence Day.
India went all out to win from the first minute, to cement their place in the Hockey World Cup at The Hague in the Netherlands next year.
Indian coach Roelant Oltmans was delighted. He said, “It was our best performance in the tournament, a great team effort. The boys were physically and mentally well-prepared. Even though we have already qualified for the World Cup, it was important for us to keep the psyche and intensity for this tournament, as we are here to win the Asia Cup.”
While India celebrate, Malaysia, on the other hand, would have to overcome this disappointment quickly. They will face Pakistan for the bronze medal.
India will face Korea in the championship match.
Event: 9th Asia Cup Men’s Hockey Tournament 2013: Malaysia (0) – India (2)
Venue: Stadium Azlan Shah, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Date: 30th Aug, 2013
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