BANGKOK: India rallied from a goal deficit to beat Malaysia 2-1 in their final league match on Tuesday to make the semifinal of the sixth Junior Women's Asia Cup hockey championship.
India finished second in group A behind China. In a must-win match for India, the teams played out a goalless first half.
Sumantri scored for Malaysia within a minute of the resumption of
second half but Anupa Barla (52nd minute) and skipper Ritu Rani, who
converted a penalty corner in the 65th minute, ensured that India reach
the next stage.
India will face the winner of Group B - either Korea or Japan - in the semifinal to be played on July 5.
minutes after Malaysia took the lead, India started to dominate the
proceedings and in the last 25 minutes hardly spared an inch.
strike capped a good pass by vice-captain and fellow forward Poonam
Rani, while Ritu Rani successfully converted a penalty corner.
Indian team's defenders toiled hard to keep Malaysia at bay. India
scored their third win in four matches. They had beaten Sri Lanka and
Singapore in earlier games before losing to China.
The Times of India