India lose to Australia 0-4 in Azlan Shah Cup final

Ipoh (Malaysia), April 16 (IANS) India’s hockey team lost 0-4 to reigning world champions Australia in the final of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup final here on Saturday.

Thomas Craig (25th and 35th minutes) scored twice before Matt Gohdes, playing in his 150th match, scored in the 43rd and 57th minutes as Australia produced a stirring performance.

It was Australia’s ninth Azlan Shah Cup title, while five-time champions India claimed their second runners-up finish in the annual tournament.

Earlier in the bronze medal match, New Zealand defeated Malaysia 5-4 via penalty shoot-out. New Zealand scored twice in the final quarter to equalise 3-3 as the match headed to the shoot-out.

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