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Re: Asian champions trophy

Post by ssp » Sat Nov 05, 2016 1:21 pm

Yes, pleasing to win this kind of tournament after so long.

Not sure why the umpire and China contested our winning goal. Only thing I can think of is dangerous play, but as it was a shot on goal, that was not an issue. Didn't see any obstruction at the top of the D and no foul after the initial save.

There was a funny scene at the end of the match when our ladies tried to lift the coach and couldn't do it!! He is double their size and probably weighs 2-3 times as much as our heaviest player. ;)

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Re: Asian champions trophy

Post by PKBasu » Sat Nov 05, 2016 2:30 pm

The pleasing aspect of today's match was that we made a small tactical adjustment, which made a key difference: at least 3 of our defenders always hung back, in order to thwart the quick Chinese counter attacks, and as a result the Chinese never really had too Many chances at goal. We were definitely the dominant side in the final, with only the third quarter being an evenly-matched phase of the match.
I don't think Deepa had a credible shot at goal before the final brilliance, but there were at least 3 brilliant long passes in the 4th quarter that created opportunities for our forwards -- one of which came close to a goal, but was shot wide (possibly by Deepa). Our forwards were swarming all over the Chinese D in the last 5 minutes, and the final PC was inevitable. The goal was brilliant of course, but it was the culmination of superb attacking teamwork at the end of the match.
The Chinese team was described as a "developmental" team, but not a purely under-21 team. Still required our 12th ranked team to play superbly to lift the trophy with a come-from-behind (yesterday) win today against the world #8 side and lift the trophy. The partisan crowd, almost wholly pro-India and very passionate, surely helped!!

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