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Hockey: Pakistan, hosts Malaysia progress to semi-finals at Asia Cup

Pakistan (white) beat Chinese Taipei 13-0 to top Pool A at the Men’s Asia Cup in Ipoh, Malaysia. Photo: AHF.

Pakistan (white) beat Chinese Taipei 13-0 to top Pool A at the Men’s Asia Cup in Ipoh, Malaysia. Photo: AHF.

August 28, 2013: Pakistan crushed Chinese-Taipei 13-0 and hosts Malaysia came from behind to beat Japan 4-2 to progress to the semi-finals of the Men’s Asia Cup in Ipoh as the top two teams in Pool A.

 

Pakistan dominated Pool B, scoring 24 goals in three matches and conceding only one after wins over Japan (7-0), Malaysia (4-1) and Chinese Taipei (13-0) at Stadium Azlan Shah.

 

Malaysia finished second following a hard-fought win against Japan, who took a 2-0 lead in the first eight minutes of the match, which stood at 2-2 at half-time.

 

Pool B leaders India play Bangladesh on Wednesday in their final group game, while Korea will take second place if they draw or beat Oman. Oman can finish second if they beat Korea, who lost 2-0 to India on Monday.

 

The winner of the Men’s Asia Cup will automatically qualify for next year’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup in the Netherlands, with India and Pakistan desperate to win the trophy.

 

Korea have already qualified for the World Cup, so if they win the Asia Cup, their spot in the Netherlands will be given to one of the current ‘reserve’ teams – Malaysia first, India second – as determined following the two World League Semi-Final events.

 

After the Asia Cup, there are only two more World Cup spots available, for the winners of the continental championships of Oceania and Africa. Oceania heavyweights Australia and New Zealand have already qualified for the World Cup, although no African teams have yet qualified.

 

2013 Men’s Asia Cup, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

 

Saturday, August 24
Pool B: India 8-0 (4-0) Oman
Pool A: Pakistan 7-0 (6-0) Japan
Pool A: Malaysia 10-2 (4-1) Chinese-Taipei

 

Sunday, August 25
Pool B: Korea 9-0 (4-0) Bangladesh
Pool A: Japan 5-1 (1-1) Chinese-Taipei
Pool A: Pakistan 4-1 (1-1) Malaysia

 

Monday, August 26
Pool B: Bangladesh 2-4 (0-1) Oman
Pool B: India 2-0 (1-0) Korea

 

Tuesday, August 27
Pool A: Pakistan 13-0 (3-0) Chinese-Taipei
Pool A: Japan 2-4 (2-2) Malaysia

 

Wednesday, August 28
Pool B: Korea – Oman
Pool B: India – Bangladesh

 

Friday, August 30
15:00 Placement 5-8: Japan (A3) v B4
17:15 Placement 5-8: B3 v Chinese Taipei (A4)
19:30 Semi-final: Pakistan (A1) v B2
21:45 Semi-final: B1 v Malaysia (A2)

 

Saturday, August 31
17:30 Placement 7-8
20:00 Placement 5-6

 

Sunday, September 1
17:30 Bronze medal match
20:00 Final

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