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Australia fall to Great Britain in final

07 May 2017, 12:44 | Maryann Sutton

Australia through to Azlan Shah Cup final

Photos: Sultan Azlan Shah Cup: India lose Malaysia in a nerve-wracking encounter!

Great Britain downed Australia 4-3 in the final to win the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup after 23 years on Saturday in Malaysia.

India will tomorrow play New Zealand in the play-off for the bronze medal, while the title encounter will be between defending champions Australia and Great Britain.

After close shave against the lowly-ranked young outfit from Japan, which India managed to win 4-3 after trailing twice, coach Oltmans has warned his team that Malaysia are unsafe opponents.

Goodfield combined with Forsyth for his second to to give the British a two-goal lead with 15 minutes to play.

"No opponent can be taken lightly".

India's best chance in the first quarter came in the 12th minute when Manpreet sent a cross parallel to the goalline for Mandeep, stationed near the far post, but Mandeep erred in his effort to tap the ball in.

Malaysia have often given India a good contest.

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The Indian hockey team dished out an impressive performance against New Zealand in their final match of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2017 tournament in Malaysia, which they definitely wished they could display on Friday against Malaysia.

Starting with a draw against Japan, the Malaysians have lost three successive matches, but only after missing scoring chances galore.

"The results may show a downward trend, but my team has shown some sparkle and pushed the rivals".

"We couldn't hold possession of the ball tonight and this made India even more of a threat". Australia defeated India 4-0 in the 2016 final.

Just one minute later and Japan took the lead for the first time in the match, a second field goal from Yamasaki giving them the edge with just three minutes of play remaining. Australia have a plus-eight goal difference to back the 10 points already against their name.

India kept the Malaysian spectators entertained with a thrilling charge made by Mandeep Singh who raced into the striking circle only to assist Akashdeep with a square pass, though they couldn't convert a field goal, the attempt helped India win their fourth PC.

New Zealand have inducted a lot of youngsters in the squad for this tournament.



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