CHENNAI: It took 10 days, a dogged Malaysian team, and a passage of free-flowing hockey from a fired-up Indian team for the Men’s Asian Champions Trophy to come to life. The final match between India and Malaysia was a thrilling encounter that showcased the skill and determination of both teams. Here are the key highlights of the match:

India vs Malaysia: As it happened

The match started with a goal from India, but Malaysia quickly equalized. The game went back and forth, with Malaysia taking a 2-1 lead, followed by India leveling the score at 3-3. In the end, India emerged as the winners with a score of 4-3.

India regains the Asian Champions Trophy crown

The victory in the Asian Champions Trophy final once again solidified India’s position as one of the top teams in the world. The Indian team, known as the ‘Men in Blue,’ showcased their skill and determination throughout the tournament and proved why they are the bronze medalists from the Tokyo Olympics.

The win also invoked a strong emotional response from the Indian hockey fans, highlighting the deep connection between the sport and the country.

A memorable finale in Chennai

The final match in Chennai marked the return of international hockey to Tamil Nadu. The crowd witnessed an exhilarating game that had them on the edge of their seats until the final whistle.

Key goal scorers

Jugraj Singh (9th minute), Harmanpreet Singh (45th), Gurjant Singh (45th), and Akashdeep Singh (56th) scored for India. Abu Kamal Azrai (14th), Rahim Razie (18th), and Muhamad Aminudin (18th) were the goal scorers for Malaysia.

A thrilling comeback

When it seemed like a comeback was unlikely, the crowd rallied behind the Indian team, chanting “India, India” in unison. The support from the fans boosted the team’s morale, leading to a remarkable comeback and eventual victory.

ACT champions over the years

Year Winner Runner-up
2011 India Pakistan
2012 Pakistan India
2013 Pakistan Japan
2016 India Pakistan
2018 India & Pakistan (Joint Winners)
2021 South Korea Japan
2023 India Malaysia

A thrilling 45th minute

The 45th minute of the match was filled with excitement. India scored a penalty stroke, followed by a field goal to level the score at 3-3. The DJ and the crowd’s support further energized the Indian team during the break.

A last-minute winner

With just four minutes and 30 seconds remaining on the clock, Akashdeep Singh capitalized on an opportunity and scored the winning goal for India. The crowd erupted in celebration, creating an electric atmosphere in the stadium.

Overall, the final match of the Men’s Asian Champions Trophy was a thrilling spectacle that showcased the skill, determination, and passion of both teams. India’s victory once again established them as a force to be reckoned with in international hockey.

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