M'sia eye maiden World League Final

M'sia eye maiden World League Final

M'sia eye maiden World League Final

India's coach Roelant Oltmans, however, wasn't ready to concede defeat easily.

Even though India hold an edge over Pakistan having thrashed them 7-1 in the pool stages here, the tussle between the two nations can be unpredictable. If they win, they will face the victor of the match between China and Canada on Sunday.

Pakistan, on the other hand, have improved with every game and fought hard before losing 1-3 to reigning Olympic champions Argentina in the quarterfinals.

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Lola sealed the first victory for Spain in the tournament by converting a penalty corner five minutes later. Both Indian goals were scored by Ramandeep Singh, who later was guilty of missing a last-minute sitter as he tapped a ball out from the goalmouth. However, India got many chances to score a goal after that one of which was when Ramandeep Singh tried to dribble past a couple of Malaysian defenders through the centre instead of passing it to a free man either side of him, but were unable to equalise the lead.

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This will give Pakistan a lot of hope for Saturday's match, as their own conversion from open play has been poor in this tournament. It didn't help India's cause with Malaysia winning another PC in the 57th minute but Razie Rahim's flick went far wide.

However, if Malaysia at world number 14 secure a semifinal berth by upsetting India Thursday, their route to the World Cup is secured besides qualifying for the HWL Final Round in India from Dec 1-10 this year.

Pakistan will face arch-rivals India in a classification match for the positions from fifth to eight of the World Hockey League on Saturday at London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Pakistan's performance graph, while still lower than that of India, has been on the upswing. They (Indian players) know, understand and discussed it.

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