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Stephen van Huizen: India showed no mercy

Malaysian national hockey team coach Stephen van Huizen is still visibly frustrated with their 3-2 defeat at the hands of India, claiming that the Speedy Tigers missed a golden opportunity by such a narrow margin.

Malaysia needed to secure a win in that match to book a spot in the semis of the Hockey World League – an outcome that would have granted them an automatic slot at the Rio Olympics as well.

However, they initially conceded an early goal, before seizing a 2-1 lead during the match. However, India eventually mounted a comeback to make the score 2-2 and converted a late penalty corner to seize a 3-2 win.

“Everyone thought India would slow their tempo down, but they were absolutely determined to claim the win,” he told Harian Metro.

“In fact, they didn’t show any sympathy towards us. Not that it’s their fault though. They did what they had to.

“It’s just frustrating for us because we were so close to doing well and making it. The players gave it their all and even that was ultimately not enough,” he added.

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