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India fail to make final

Kuala Lumpur: Defending champions India lost the crucial match against Malaysia 0-1 after questionable decisions by the neutral umpires in the under-21 junior hockey tournament here on Saturday and failed to enter the final.

A distraught Indian coach Harendra Singh was clearly upset with two yellow cards and another decision to disallow a field goal by India.

Nitin and Vivek Gupta were shown yellow cards by the umpires from Australia and New Zealand.

A goal by Ajitesh off a deflection was also disallowed by the umpires. 'It was a clear goal, but it was disallowed,' coach Harendra Singh said.

The win put Malaysia in the title-round against Pakistan on Sunday while India will play South Korea for the bronze medal. (PTI)

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