Muscat, October 24: Holders India, who retained the top spot in the fifth Asian Champions Trophy hockey despite being held goalless by Malaysia, will take on South Korea in their last round-robin encounter on Wednesday (October 24).
Though India's winning streak in the tournament being held at Oman's capital city came to an end following theit stalemate with Malaysia, they are still the team to beat in the championship for continental supremacy.
The Manpreet Singh-led squad has been in rousing form right through the tournament, starting with the 11-0 win against the hosts.
Malaysia will face Pakistan in the other match of the day.
The penultimate day of pool-stage matches at the Hero Asian Champions Trophy 2018 will have these 2 highly competitive matches involving Asia’s best teams. Here’s how the action is scheduled to play out on 24th October 2018.#IndiaKaGame #HeroACT2018 pic.twitter.com/RSjSmbR6EP— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 24, 2018
After the conclusion of the round-robin stage, the top-ranked team will face the fourth-placed team in the first semifinals.
India retain the top spot in the standings after a hard-fought match against Malaysia who hold on to its second position. Here's a look at how the six teams stand following the matches on 23rd October. #IndiaKaGame #HeroACT2018 pic.twitter.com/47WYDWkMKo— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 24, 2018
The other last-four encounter will see the second and third placed teams squaring off against each other. Both the semifinals will be held on Saturday (October 27).
The tournament being held at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex will conclude on Sunday (October 28).
India and Pakistan are the most successful teams in the tournament history having shared the title twice each in four previous editions.
India had defeated Pakistan 3-2 in the 2016 edition's final held in Kuantan, Malaysia.
Match starts at 10.40PM IST
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