In the 18th Asian Games played in Indonesia, the current champion Indian men’s hockey team suffered a 6-7 defeat against Malaysia in the semi-finals to the penalty shootout. India will now have to play the match for the Bronze Medal on Saturday. With this defeat, India’s dream to make a direct qualification for the Olympics in 2020 in Tokyo could not be completed.
After scoring a score of 2-2 at the scheduled time, the efforts of seven Malaysian players in the penalty corner were successful, while only six Indian players managed to score goals. Earlier, Harmanpreet Singh (33rd minute) and Varun Kumar (40th minute) for India while Faizal Sari (40th minute) and Muhammad Rahim (59th minute) for Malaysia scored goals
India had the gold medal hopes in hockey, but the dream of winning the gold due to defeat in the semifinal match could not be completed. Now only the Bronze Medal can come in the Indian team’s part.
Talking about the medal table, India now ranks 8th. India has so far won a total of 57 medals with 12 gold, 20 silver, and 25 bronze. China, who won a total of 234 medals with 109 gold, is on the top.