Indian hockey

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, as it happened: Sloppy India out of final contention

India take on Ireland in their final group stage match with slim chances of making it to the final.

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05:15pm: As it stand, India will take on Ireland on Saturday for 5th-6th playoff spot. Sjoerd Marijne will not be impressed by this performance. Credit to Ireland for digging deep and making it count. Hope you liked our coverage.

End of the fourth quarter, India 2 Ireland 3: India have been stunned by the Irish today. They lose 3-2 and will not play Saturday’s final. India have let their opportunity to play the final slip. They had a 2-1 lead and saw it slip away. Epic performance by Ireland today. A brilliant victory.

After 11 minutes in fourth quarter, India 2 Ireland 3: Another PC for India. They will need to convert this one. It is deflected wide by the Irish sticks. Varun Kumar is yet to score via PC in this tournament.

After 10 minutes in fourth quarter, India 2 Ireland 3: India pull back Suraj Karkera as Amit Rohidas wears the red shirt and will do the goalkeeper’s duties now. India playing with 11 players now.

After 9 minutes in fourth quarter, India 2 Ireland 3: India get a PC. Can they convert? Amit Rohidas smashes it wide this time as Ireland hang on to their lead. India have made 13 circle entries so far.

After 7 minutes in fourth quarter, India 2 Ireland 3: Ireland are knocking the ball around as the clock ticks on. They are going to keep possession and will wait for the India players to make a move. Ireland have made 11 circle entries today.

After 5 minutes in fourth quarter, India 2 Ireland 3: India looking for the equaliser by the Irish players are soaking in all the pressure and standing tall. India are making some deep runs but luck seems to have deserted them.

After 3 minutes in fourth quarter, India 2 Ireland 3: India need to score two goals. They will be really disappointed because this young side had performed brilliantly against the likes of Australia, Argentina and Malaysia.

End of the third quarter, India 2 Ireland 3: The quarter belonged to the Irish as they scored two goals to take the lead. Suraj Karkera will be kicking himself. Pressure on India now who need to score two goals if they want to feature in Saturday’s final.

After 12 minutes in third quarter, India 2 Ireland 3: PC to Ireland. Can they convert this? Yes they can as Ireland take the lead. A clever goal Lee Cole who hits the ball at the right moment to see it pass Karkera who is helpless.

After 10 minutes in third quarter, India 2 Ireland 2: As it stands, India will not make the final if they draw this match. Ireland are looking menacing out there. They are the hungrier side clearly. India have to up the tempo of the game.

After 5 minutes in third quarter, India 2 Ireland 2: Poor defending there by India as Ireland equalise as Sean Murray scores. Suraj Karkera and India defence caught napping yet again in a crucial game.

After 2 minutes in third quarter, India 2 Ireland 1: The Men in Blue are looking to score their third goal so that they have a healthy goal difference if England vs Malaysia ends in a draw. Ireland will be looking to score an equaliser once again.

End of the second quarter, India 2 Ireland 1: The second quarter saw both teams score one goal each but it is advantage India thanks to Amit Rohidas’s PC. Ireland should be proud of their showing in the first half. Stay tuned as two more quarters are yet to be played.

After 10 minutes in second quarter, India 2 Ireland 1: India immediately get a PC. Can they convert to regain the lead? Yes they can as Amit Rohidas scores his third goal of the tournament.

After 8 minutes in second quarter, India 1 Ireland 1: The Irish equalize as Shane O’Donoghue gets the ball past Karkera. India’s defence was caught sleeping there for a moment.

After 7 minutes in second quarter, India 1 Ireland 0: India are back to 11 men as Ireland are trying everything to score their first goal. Surender Kumar has done a brilliant job so far in the defence.

After 5 minutes in second quarter, India 1 Ireland 0: India down to 10 men as Ramandeep gets a green card. He will watch from the sidelines as he will be out of the game for two minutes. Can Ireland equalise now?

After 4 minutes in second quarter, India 1 Ireland 0: Ramandeep with an clear chance there but he shoots it wide. He would have scored his second goal of the day if he had found the back of the net there.

After 2 minutes in second quarter, India 1 Ireland 0: Ireland doing all the running now as India will look to score on the counter now. They are playing the waiting game.

End of the first quarter, India 1 Ireland 0: Advantage India as the first quarter ends. Brilliant goal by Ramandeep Singh who has had a brilliant tournament so far. Ireland have also had a couple of chances but Suraj Karkera stands tall.

After 13 minutes in the first quarter, India 1 Ireland 0: India pressing hard as they want to double their lead. Sardar Singh leading from the front yet again.

After 11 minutes in the first quarter, India 1 Ireland 0: Second PC for India as Varun Kumar steps up. But this time he misses. India fail to double their lead. Pressure on Ireland to score the equaliser now.

After 10 minutes in the first quarter, India 1 Ireland 0: India get their first penalty corner of the match. Varun Kumar waits in the top of the circle and he hits the ball. Ramandeep touches the ball to score India’s first goal. That was good team work by them.

After 6 minutes in the first quarter, India 0 Ireland 0: Ireland have been impressive against India early. They are not allowing India any chances. India’s SK Uthappa is out of the game due to a hamstring injury.

After 3 minutes in first quarter, India 0 Ireland 0: India need to score goals today if they are to make it into the final. If England vs Malaysia ends in a draw then it will all come down to the goal difference.

03:35pm: In the earlier match today, Argentina lost 1-3 against Australia, which is good news from an Indian perspective.

03:30pm: If you missed India’s clash against Malaysia read our analysis report here. Do email your views as well.

03:15pm: Earlier in the day, India women’s team beat Korea 3-1 to clinch the five-match series with a game to spare. Here is the match report...

03:00 pm: Hello and welcome to The Field’s live blog of India vs Ireland at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament in Ipoh, Malaysia. Sardar Singh-led India are coming off a brilliant 5-1 against hosts Malaysia. However, they are out of contention for the final. Ireland are at the bottom of the table and are looking to register their first win in the tournament. The match begins at 3:30 IST.

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