India beat Malaysia 2-1, lift Asia Cup title

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India reached the finals after trouncing Pakistan 4-0.

Winning the Hero Asia Cup 2017 was South Korea's final chance to achieve World Cup qualification, but that dream was ended in heartbreakingly dramatic fashion. India started off the finals in dream fashion as Ramandeep found the back of the net in the first five minutes of the first quarter. Ramandeep Singh opened the scoring for India in the first quarter when he flicked in a lovely pass from SV Sunil on the right flank into an unguarded goal as the keeper came forward to prevent the shot and paid the price.

Harmanpreet hit the cross bar off India's second penalty corner as both teams failed to break the deadlock at half-time.

But the Indian defence were equal to the task and did well enough to hold onto their slender lead. After demolishing Pakistan 4-0 yesterday the Indian attackers toyed around with Malaysian defenders and ensured a comfortable victory for the Men in Blue. Their efforts bore fruit in the 50th minute when Shahril Saabah pulled one goal back.

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Before this, Malaysia's best achievement was third place in 2007 in Chennai, India.

Malaysia kept up the pressure on the Indian defence in the final 10 minutes of the match, but India absorbed the attacking forays made.

India will play the final on Sunday at 5:30pm, either against defending champions South Korea or Malaysia who are scheduled to play each other later on Saturday night for the other final berth. "We are enjoying [the moment], also it is Satbir Singh, one of our teammate's birthday today - and it's a sweet win to mark his birthday too".

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