India eliminated in the quarter-finals

India vs Netherlands Hockey World League 2017 Match

Ramandeep Singh scored both of India's goals and perhaps should have pulled India level with a minute to go, but the other Indian forwards had a mediocre outing.

Malaysia, banking on counterattacks, began the proceedings by forcing two successive penalty corners in the third minute.

However, if Malaysia at world number 14 secure a semifinal berth by upsetting India Thursday, their route to the World Cup is secured besides qualifying for the HWL Final Round in India from Dec 1-10 this year. Razie's first penalty corner flick was blocked by goalkeeper Vikas Dahiya and the rebound went to Faizal Saari, who shot into the side of the net despite having a view of the goal.

Barring Ramandeep and Akshdeep, no other striker could excel and the duo would look for more support from the likes of Mandeep Singh, Talwinder Singh and SV Sunil.

Though India are ranked higher, Chief Coach Roelant Oltmans's men must guard themselves against complacency when they square off with Malaysia who can be a "tricky opponent". Argentina yesterday posted a 3-1 win over Pakistan.

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Pakistan hockey team, which has suffered three straight defeats against Netherlands, India and Canada, qualified for the quarterfinals after Canada and Scotland drew 1-1 on Tuesday. A minute later, Malaysia doubled their lead as Tengku neatly deflected in from their fourth penalty corner. The 1-1 result remained until the end of the first half. The idea was to pass the ball around quickly, not allowing the Malaysians to settle.

Mirco Pruijser chipped in with two goals, while Robbert Kemperman, Jonas de Geus, Billy Bakker, Bjorn Kellerman and Tristan Algera all got on the scoresheet in a rampant display from the Dutch team.

India conceded seven penalty corners, three of which were converted by Malaysia - Razie Rahim (19th, 48th minutes) and Tengku Tajuddin.

Ramandeep (24th minute) brought India back into the game when he exploited some poor marking by the Malaysian defenders to deflect in a cross from Sumit.

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