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Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2018: India beat Ireland 4-1 to finish at fifth spot


Sardar Singh (C) dribbles the ball past during their men's field hockey fifth-sixth place match against Ireland. / AFP PHOTO / Manan VATSYAYANA

Ipoh: India finished fifth at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament with a 4-1 thrashing of Ireland here on Saturday.

Varun Kumar scored twice from penalty corners while Shilanand Lakra and Gurjant Singh got the other goals for India. Julian Dale exploited some poor marking by the Indian defenders to get a consolation goal for the European minnows in the final quarter.

India thus avenged the 2-3 loss to Ireland in their last league stage match on Friday which had eliminated their already slim chances of qualifying for the medal rounds. Ireland finished sixth in the tournament.

Saturday’s match capped a rather insipid campaign for India during which the only positive results were a 5-1 rout of hosts Malaysia and a 1-1 draw with European powerhouse England.