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Aug 31, 2013 at 09:52am IST

India vs Malaysia, 2013 Asia Cup hockey semi-final: as it happened

With Pakistan losing their semi-final and India winning theirs 2-0 against Malaysia, the 1975 world champions have stepped closer to a 2014 World Cup berth.

"It's the most crucial match for us in recent times." India captain Sardar Singh had said on the match eve, precisely putting India's Asia Cup semi-final against Malaysia into perspective.

South Korea beat Pakistan 2-1, ending their hopes of reaching the World Cup. It's the first time Pakistan won't be playing the World Cup since its inception in 1971.

India vs Malaysia, 2013 Asia Cup hockey semi-final: as it happened

File photo of Sardar Singh during a match against Malaysia. (Getty Images)

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