India clinches Asia Cup title with 2-1 win over Malaysia

Live updates from the Asia Cup final between India and Malaysia.

Action from the previous encounter between the two teams which India won 6-2.   -  PTI

Malaysia put in its best to try and clinch an equaliser but the Indians held on to register a memorable 2-1 victory and with it, earn its third Asia Cup title.

 

60" INDIA HOLDS ON TO WIN THE ASIA CUP AFTER A DECADE.

59" An attempt flashes across the Indian goal!

58" Malaysia going hammer and tongs to find an equaliser here, with two minutes left on the clock.

57" The Indians hold on tooth and nail to fend off the Malaysian attack and have slowed play down to control possession and ensure the game doesn't slip away.

56" PC for Malaysia!

55" India attacking now and looking seal this tie with a third goal but the Malaysian defence holds fort to deny the Indians any such chance.

52" Malaysia playing a much more confident game now and is looking the more attacking side as it fights for an equaliser.

50" India makes an unsuccessful referral but the decision stands. India loses its sole review.

50" MALAYSIA GETS ONE BACK. Shahril knocks one in. The score is 2-1 now with 10 minutes to go.

46" Malaysia's Faizal's attempt is just wide.

46" PC for Malaysia.

Fourth Quarter begins

 

45" And the hooter goes off to signal the end of the third quarter. India dominated this quarter to take a formidable three-goal lead, with only the last quarter to be played.

42" A great chance for Lalit to make it three but he flashes his attempt well wide of the goal.

40" Malaysia's Kumar makes another fine save to keep his side in the tie.

38" The Indian defence is fending off all offences from the Malaysian attack. Score remains 2-0 with seven minutes to in the third quarter.

35" A brilliant chance for the Indians to extend their lead but Gurjan fails to convert.

33" The ball rams into Ramandeep's knee and he's on the floor in pain. Good news, he seems okay to continue.

32"
A long corner for the Indians to start things off in the third quarter.

Third quarter begins

 

30" At half-time, India leads 2-0. An early goal from Ramandeep in the third minute and Lalit's 29th minute goal leaves India with a comfortable two-goal lead.

 

29" Lalit makes it two as he puts in Sunil's pin-point cross with ease. India with a comfortable 2-0 lead now.

29" INDIA TAKES A TWO-GOAL LEAD!

26" The Malaysian defence stays tough to thwart the Indians' two shots on goal and keep the score on level terms.

26" Akashdeep's stinger is met by an excellent save from the Malaysian 'keeper and India now has a PC.

The Indian attack seems a lot more potent today as compared to Saturday's ,match against Pakistan. Multiple passes and attacks from the Indian side sees it enjoying a one goal lead.

23" Harmanpreet's attempt goes just wide of the goal.

23" PC for India.

20" Malaysia nearly scores! A stinging long ball races into the goal but does not get a touch in the D and the score remains in the Indians' favour.

18" The Indian side looking dangerous as it once again moves deep into the Malaysian D.

Second quarter begins

 

15" And that's the end of the first quarter. India leads 1-0.

13" Malaysia squanders the PC and Varun clears the ball away from the Indian D.

13" Malaysia earns a PC.

12" Sunil makes a streaking run past the Malaysian defence but his pass fails to find anybody.

11" Chinglensana's reverse-stick attempt flashes just wide of the Malaysian goal. Score remains 1-0 to India.

9" No luck, no PC for Malaysia, while it keeps its referal.

9" Malaysia reviews a decision and appeals for a PC.

7" The Malaysians play a string of passes to move deep into the Indian half but the move doesn't amount to anything.

5" Malaysia reviews the decision and the PC is disallowed. Malaysia retains it referral.

5" India looking dangerous and earns a PC in the fifth minute. Can the Indian side take an early two-goal lead?

 

3" INDIA SCORES!  Sunil plays a brilliant ball to Ramandeep, who makes no mistake this time and slots it home. India takes an early lead in this Asia Cup final.

2" India gets the ball rolling with an immediate attack into the Malaysian D but Ramandeep is unable to convert Uthappa's pass.

First quarter begins


Here we go!

And the teams enter the pitch. India clad in its traditional sky blue jersey and Malaysia in bright orange.

Here's the Indian starting line-up:

 

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live coverage of the Asia Cup final between India and Malaysia. India is bidding for its third title, while Malaysia bids for its first.

India made it to its eighth Asia Cup final after a 4-0 rout of Pakistan on Saturday. The Indians were slow to get off the blocks, while Pakistan was the better side in terms of possession until half-time.

However, the Indians came back strong and a goal in the third quarter and successive goals in the fourth quarter handed India a comfortable win.

Malaysia, on the other hand, played out a 1-1 draw with South Korea in the last Super 4 match to finish second on the table with four points and qualify for the final.

The Indians thwarted the Malaysians 6-2 in a Super 4 match on Thursday and will most certainly look forward to emulate the same and win their third Asia Cup title.