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SAS 2009: India drew Egypt 2-2 in the Azlan Opener (4/5/2009)
India drew Egypt 2-2 in the opener of the 18th Azlan Shah Cup.

Sandeep Singh and Shivender Singh are the scorers for India

Helped a goal by captain Sandeep Singh, India was at level with Egypt 1-1 at the end of first half.

In the 70th minute, Egypts El Saied Amr scored a field goal to give his side a deserving point. The competition is held at the traditional venue Sultan Azlan Stadium, Ipoh, Malaysia.

India has now two days rest before taking on Malaysia on 8th. SCORERS
8th Minute Hassan Mohamed, Field Goal
15th Minute Sandeep Singh, Penalty Corber Goal
49th Minute Shivendra Singh, Field Goal
70th Minute El Said Amr, Penalty Corner Goal
Descriptive Report by IANS:

Azlan Shah debutant Egypt hold India 2-2

Ipoh (IANS): India's campaign in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey started on a disastrous note with debutant Egypt holding them 2-2 in their opening match here on Sunday.

Last year's runners-up India paid dearly for their age-old malady of conceding last-minute goals as Egypt pulled off an unlikely draw in the 70th minute through Mohamed El Saied's penalty corner strike.

Egypt matched India in fast paced hockey despite playing on a heavy pitch due to a downpour prior to the match.

Three-time champions India were jolted early in the eighth minute as Egypt took the lead through Mohamed Hassan's penalty corner hit.

Stung by the reverse, India stepped up tempo and managed to equalise through skipper Sandeep Singh's penalty corner strike in the 15th minute.

India launched waves of attack after the equaliser but failed to break the deadlock before halftime.

Stepping up the pressure in the second half, India took the lead through another penalty corner, this time taken by Shivendra Singh in the 49th minute. Mp> Egypt, however, did not give up and their efforts bore fruit when a lapse in concentration by the Indian defence earned them a penalty corner in the last minute. El Saied made no mistake of slotting the ball home.

Egypt coach Jerzy Wybieralski hailed his team for its performance.

"They gave a consistent performance throughout the match and needed a little bit of luck to win when playing against a team like India," he said.

India have now two days' rest before taking on Malaysia Wednesday in the five-team tournament.

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which channel is telecasting AZlan Shah cup?
by BHAVESH GAUTAM on 4/5/2009 5:26:49 PM
any info on it , please reply back.. thank you
A poor start.
by BHAVESH GAUTAM on 4/5/2009 5:25:55 PM
I have still not seen any channel telecasting the Azlan shah cup. So i cudnt see the opening match... But its disheartning to know that India drew with Egypt.. Atleast 6-0 or 7-0 win shud have come.. I wonder how India would reach finals with a draw with a minnow..defense lapses are still haunting India..hOPe we win rest all the matches by atleast 2 goal margins...