New Zealand defeated Argentina to lift the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup for the first time in its 21 years of competition.It was heartbreak for Argentina who dominated the proceedings but just could not find their scoring touch.
Argentina defeated Malaysia 1-0 to qualify for the final of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh, Malaysia.
It was heartbreak for Great Britain as they watched from the stands where a solitary goal was enough to deny them a chance to play in the final against New Zealand.
But the story of the day was Pakistan’s fall from grace as the Asian Champions finished as wodden spoonists after they lost 2-1 to Great Britain.
Armed Forces emerged champions of the National Indoor Tournament when they defeated Kuala Lumpur 3-1 on penalty strokes after being tied 4-4 at the end of regulation time at the Indera Mulia Stadium in Ipoh.
Indian hockey striker S.V. Sunil was today reprimanded for showing his middle finger to spectators after scoring the match-winner against Pakistan in the ongoing Azlan Shah Cup.Tournament Director Sarinder Dillon of Hong Kong issued an “official reprimand” after a disciplinary hearing in the team hotel where Sunil and Indian team manager Manoj Bhore were present.
Malaysia is set to play host for the 2013 Asia Cup that offers a berth to the 2014 World Cup.The decision to award the host job to Malaysia was taken at the Asian Hockey Federation Council meeting chaired by HRH Sultan Azlan Shah at Ipoh this morning.
New Zealand have qualified for their first ever Sultan Azlan Shah Cup final and signs are there that this is a team that could well provide further surprises with the London Olympics just two months away.
Results from the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup men's field hockey on Thursday:
Great Britain 1 ( Jonty Clarke 50 ) South Korea 1 ( Yoon Sung Hoon 22 )
India is virtually out of the final of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup when they were defeated 3-2 by Argentina in Ipoh, Malaysia this evening.
On a day where Malaysia came from two goals down to defeat the mighty Pakistanis 3-2, New Zealand too was defeated for the first time, going down 2-1 to Great Britain.It was their third defeat in the tournament and they have only one match remaining – against arch-rivals Pakistan on Thursday night. They have six points from five matches.
Since the Malaysian Hockey Confederation has waged war by not providing match sheets, a clear indication of their failure administratively.