India men’s U18 team came off second best in the final of the Hockey 5s event at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
India men’s team went down 2-4 to Malaysia in the Final of the Hockey 5s competition at the Parque Polideportivo Roca on Sunday. Captain Vivek Sagar Prasad (3′, 6′) scored twice within the first six minutes of the match to give India a 2-1 lead, but the Malaysians struck thrice in the second period through Akhimullah Anuar (14′, 19′) and Arif Ishak (17′) to secure the victory, after Firadus Rosdi (5′) had equalized for them in the first period.
It was India who struck first through Prasad in the 3rd minute. However, Malaysia was not behind for long as Rosdi threatened the Indians in the 5th minute, and struck the equaliser in his second attempt to make it 1-1. Then, Prasad forced a save from the Malaysian goalkeeper Shahrul Saupi in the sixth minute and managed to beat the Malaysian in the same minute to give India the lead again. India ensured no change to the scoring up until the half-time whistle.
But the game completely changed in the second half as Akhimullah Anuar (14th, 19th) scored two goals while Amirul Azahar found the back of the Indian net in the 17th minute to hand Malaysia a commanding 4-2 lead.
From there on it proved to be an uphill task for India as Malaysia defended in numbers and didn’t allow their opponents any inroads into their citadel.
Congratulations to the team.