New Delhi: India put up a vastly improved performance to recover from an upset a day earlier to beat Ireland 4-1 in a fifth-sixth classification match of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2018 in Ipoh, Malaysia on Saturday.
India slumped to a shocking 2-3 defeat on Friday against Ireland to exit the medal contention. However, the team, led by veteran midfielder Sardar Singh, bossed over a tired Irish team which was missing two players because of health issues. India ended the tournament on a high, sealing a fifth spot in the standings.
Varun Kumar (5th and 32nd minute), Shilanand Lakra (28′) and Gurjant Singh (37′) scored for India while Ireland managed to hit back late in the final quarter through Julian Dale (48′).