Sri Lanka Hockey will have to be content with their 8th place finish at the Asian Games, after losing their 7/8th playoff to Oman 2-5 at the GBK Hockey Field a short while ago.
Sri Lanka were initially successful in their campaign with a convincing win over Hong Kong that came after a lapse of three decades and later gathered momentum with a win against the hosts, Indonesia.
The 20-0 loss against three-time gold medalists India was inevitable and Sri Lanka was drawn with Oman to compete for the 7th place.
Oman’s Muhammed Nassar Ali drew first blood in the 5th minute of play and Sri Lanka’s equalizer came late in the 1st quarter with experienced Sandaruwan Priyalnakara slotting in an important score. (1-1)
The Lankans held their ground for a considerable time period but in the 22nd minute Oman broke the deadlock with a goal from Rashad Salim Hamed off a penalty. (2-1)
Al Shibli Qasim Moosa Khalfan scored another important goal to take Oman further ahead. (3-1)
With the third quarter progressing, Oman struck in the 39th minute with Rashad Salim Hamed scoring his second to more or less seal the game in their favour. (4-1)
The final nail in the coffin came off the stick of Mahmood Ashoor which made sure that the Omanese were in line to claim that 7th place. (5-1)
With no hope of a comeback, Sri Lanka got themselves a consolation goal from Suresh Rathnayake to finish off their 2018 Asian Games run.
With this 8th place finish, Sri Lanka have completed their most successful Asian Games campaign since 1978, where they finished 7th.