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Indian women's hockey team

Fancied India crashed out of the Hockey World League Semi-Final, suffering a shocking 2-3 defeat at the hands of Malaysia in their quarter-final here on Thursday.

The result saw England also seal a berth at the 2018 World Cup in India.

Lola Riera, meanwhile, was the heroine for Spain scoring two goals - in the 31st minute off a penalty stroke and from a penalty corner in the 36th minute.

Rahim (19th, 48th minutes) scored off penalty corners as the Malaysians knocked the Indians out of the tournament.

Malaysia will face reigning Olympic champions and world number one Argentina in the semifinal tomorrow.

This is published unedited from the ANI feed. Malaysia, in contrast, managed seven penalty corners and 12 shots using their speed on the counter-attacks.

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Both Pool A matches were draws as China and Scotland could not be separated at 1-1, while South Korea's clash with Italy ended goalless.

Tajuddin Tengku completed the tally for Malaysia when he converted a penalty corner in the 20th minute. This 3-2 defeat led team to the elimination and this is where the journey of team India ends in the Hockey World League. They have not had enough possession in any of their games, but when on the break, players such as Muhammad Irfan, Ali Shan, Muhammad Arslan Qadir and Muhammad Umar Bhutta have the ability to ask questions of the opposition defence.

Stung by the reverses, India's first shy at the rival citadel came in the 24th minute when Sumit send a diagonal cross from left into the circle and Ramandeep sounded the boards with a fine deflection. Luckily for India, Ramandeep showed wonderful opportunism to slot the ball in past the Malaysian defenders.

Mirco Pruijser chipped in with two goals, while Robbert Kemperman, Jonas de Geus, Billy Bakker, Bjorn Kellerman and Tristan Algera all got on the scoresheet in a rampant display from the Dutch team.

Though India are ranked higher, Chief Coach Roelant Oltmans's men must guard themselves against complacency when they square off with Malaysia who can be a "tricky opponent".

India took off their goalkeeper to add a kicker-back and gain an extra striker. The ball flew past the open Malaysian goalmouth.