Johor Bahru, 12 October 2019: The Indian Junior Men's Hockey Team defeated Malaysia 4-2 in their first match of the 9th Sultan of Johor Cup in Johor Bahru on Saturday, 12 October 2019. Pratap Lakra (19', 33'), Shilanand Lakra (39') and Uttam Singh (60') scored for India, while Muhammad Hassan (8') and Muhammad Zainudin (9') notched goals for Malaysia.
India remained on the attack in the fourth quarter as well, but the Malaysian defense unit managed to block out everything thrown at them. The home side tried to fight back through some crucial moves, however, India ensured that they stayed in the lead. The Indian Junior Men's Hockey Team created goal-scoring opportunities, but couldn't find the back of the net. India had an excellent chance to score their fourth goal when they earned a Penalty Corner in the dying minutes of the match, but the attack was saved by the Malaysian defense. However, Uttam Singh scored a brilliant field goal in the last minute of the match to help India walk off the field as winners.
The Indian Junior Men's Hockey Team will face New Zealand in their next round robin league-stage match in Johor Bahru at 1535 hrs IST on Sunday, 13 October 2019.
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