Speedy Tigresses suffer heavy loss against India

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian women's hockey team fell to their second defeat in the Asian Champions Trophy in India on Saturday.

The Speedy Tigresses were hammered 5-0 by hosts India at the Marang Gomke Jaipal Singh Stadium in Ranchi.

Vandana Katariya was the toast of India by scoring a double in the seventh and 21st minutes.

Sangita Kumari (28th), Lalremsiami (28th) and Jyoti (38th) scored the other goals.

Malaysia lost 3-0 to Japan in their opening round-robin match.

India had defeated Thailand 7-1 on Friday.

National coach Nasihin Nubli said: "Our team allowed India to create numerous opportunities. Defensive errors led to us conceding four goals. "Nonetheless, India are a seasoned side, and they hold the advantage of playing on their home turf.

"We will regroup and prepare for our next match against South Korea on Monday," said Nasihin.

Meanwhile, defending champions Japan defeated Korea 4-0 while Asian Games champions China outplayed Thailand 6-0.

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