Pakistan beaten 3-2 by Malaysia in Asia Cup 2017

Pakistan beaten 3-2 by Malaysia in Asia Cup 2017

The Malaysian side upped the tempo in the second half and their efforts were duly rewarded when Fitri Saari successfully converted a penalty corner in the 34 minute of the match.

India takes on Korea in their in their first match of the Super 4 stage in the 10th Asia Cup hockey tournament at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Indian defence stayed resolute in their circle to deny their feisty opponents a lead.

After ending the first quarter in a stalemate, Korean defence continued to test the Indian forwards as they allowed little room for penetration.


Pakistan opened the scoring in the first minute of the game as Umar Bhutta scored via a field goal.

Unbeaten India looked the most convincing team in the tournament so far but the risky and defensive Koreans came tantalisingly close to register a stunning win over the the Manpreet Singh-led side. India were then awarded a penalty corner in the 40th minute but they could not make the most of it as the flick went wide by Varun Kumar.

Trailing by a goal, it was Indian attack all the way in the fourth and final quarters but the Koreans played smart hockey and defended in numbers.

India are considered the favourites to life the Asia Cup title as the two-time champions are through to the last four with three convincing wins over Japan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The top two teams from the second round will meet again in the Final on October 22. Indian colts with their continous attacking mode kept pressure on the Korean defence.However, Gurjant Singh's late equaliser kept hopes alive for India in the game levelling the score 1-1.

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