Archive for May, 2008

Argentina- Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2008 winners

7th in 2006

5th in 2007

1st in 2008

The three lines above reflect the performance of the Argentine hockey team in the three times they have participated in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. For most fans and coach Carlos Retegui, it is the last line that they will cherish for years to come- Argentina beat India 2-1 in a keenly contested final to take home their first Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. Both the Argentine goals came through Mario Almada, while Sandeep Singh netted for the Indians.

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New Zealand 2-1 Pakistan- 3rd/4th place playoff- Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

Great result for New Zealand. They had last beaten Pakistan at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, and were thrashed 6-3 by the Asian team in the group game here. It was quite obvious that Pakistan were the favourites going into this game. But with them losing their last two games against Belgium and India, and New Zealand beating Belgium, the Black Sticks did have form on their side. And thanks to goals from prolific forward Simon Child and Lloyd Stephenson, New Zealand finished on the podium at the 17th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.

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Canada finish fifth at Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2008, beat Belgium 4-3

In a battle between two Olympic bound teams, Canada beat Belgium thanks to a golden goal from Philip Wright and finished fifth in the 17th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup  in Ipoh. For the Canadians, the result was a marked improvement from last year, when they lost to Malaysia, South Korea and Pakistan to finish at the bottom of Group B.  Even worse, they failed to find the back of the net last time. Canada’s last group game- a draw against Argentina, would have given them confidence coming into the fifth/sixth place playoff game.

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New Zealand 3-1 Belgium- Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2008

Pretty late post this one, but since I’ve covered almost all the group games, I thought I’d add the result of this one too.

New Zealand beat Belgium 3-1 in their final group game at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.

For New Zealand, the scorers were Hayden Shaw and Simon Child, with the latter scoring a brace.

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Argentina 2-2 Canada- Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2008

Argentina finished their group engagements in the 17th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh  when they drew 2-2 with Canada in Ipoh on Saturday. The result means that Argentina, who had already qualified for the final prior to this game, finish with fourteen points from six games. They drew with Pakistan and Canada, and beat India, New Zealand, Belgium and Malaysia. Argentina will face India in the final, and will be favourites to beat the team they thrashed 5-1 earlier in the tournament. However India are on a good run, and Retegui will know better than to take the South Asians lightly.

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India 2-1 Malaysia, set up final clash against Argentina- Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2008

A team that started this tournament in the worst way possible- with two losses in the first two games, has staged one of the finest comebacks in the history of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup to set up a final clash against Argentina. Yes folks, India after losing to New Zealand and Argentina, recorded four wins on the trot ( Canada, Belgium, Pakistan and Malaysia) to finish with twelve points from their six games. By virtue of this win, they finish two points ahead of Pakistan, and have thus earned the right to play Argentina in the final.

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New Zealand 3-0 Canada- Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2008

New Zealand scored their second victory in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup when they beat Canada 3-0 in Ipoh on Thursday. The win comes after a streak of three losses to Pakistan, Malaysia and Argentina, meaning that the win does not do anything to help the Black Sticks’ cause for a berth in Sunday’s final.

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