Sultan Azlan Shah tournament

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Re: Sultan Azlan Shah tournament

Post by ssp » Tue Mar 26, 2019 6:26 pm

Good result v Malaysia today. Just watched the highlights. Standard panic defending in the last few minutes gifted Malaysia a 2nd goal. Otherwise we cr*p with PC conversions- 1 out of 9. Malaysia were poor too, with 1 out 6 or 7. Sumit jnr looks excellent in attack. He was very impressive in his previous appearance, but was banished for a whole year, while Mandeep and Akashdeep remained to show us their 'skills' ;)



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Re: Sultan Azlan Shah tournament

Post by sameerph » Wed Mar 27, 2019 3:25 pm

We beat Canada 7-3 today. Again a decent result. Also Korea beats Malaysia 2-1. So, it is confirmed that we will meet Korea in the final on Saturday whatever happens in the last league matches.



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Post by arjun2761 » Fri Mar 29, 2019 5:05 pm

India crushed Poland 10-0, so the offense has really come alive in the last 2 matches. Korea also beat Japan 4-2, so the two best teams in the tournament will play in the final. Good luck to team India in the finals!



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Re: Sultan Azlan Shah tournament

Post by ssp » Sat Mar 30, 2019 6:03 pm

As expected, we lost the final. I saw us leading 1-0 at half time and just knew we would concede and contrive to lose. Pathetic ending, but entirely in keeping with our history. Didn't watch the match so can't comment on the performance.



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Re: Sultan Azlan Shah tournament

Post by sameerph » Sat Mar 30, 2019 6:31 pm

Yes, we lost in the penalty shoot out again after drawing 1-1 in full time. We should have won in normal time . But that apart, how many key matches have lost in the penalty shoot out in recent times. Why is Shreejesh considered one of the better goal keepers in the world when he cannot perform when it matters most ?



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Re: Sultan Azlan Shah tournament

Post by ssp » Sat Mar 30, 2019 11:14 pm

Reports and highlights seem to indicate a game that we should have won easily was squandered by poor finishing and the incomparable Amit Rohidas gifting the equalizer to the Koreans. After his disgraceful foul in the WC QF, Amit Rohidas deserved to be discarded for a long time. I have moaned about his 'abilities' for several years, yet our idiot selectors insist on keeping him in the team.

I have seen so many games that we should be winning by 2-3 goals ending up in draws or defeats. There is some mental issue with all our teams (and sportsmen/women in many other disciplines) that results in failure in finals or in crunch matches.

In the next squad, I bet Amit Rohidas, Mandeep, Akashdeep and Chinglensana will be in and Sumit Kumar, Vivek Prasad, Dilpreet etc will be out.



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