Hockey: India beat Pakistan 4-0, enter final of Asia Cup 2017
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Oct 22, 2017,
Oct 22, 2017, 0:40
Two times champions and favourite India stormed the final of the eight-nation Asia Cup Hockey beating Pakistan by 4-0 goals at Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium here on Saturday. Pakistan and South Korea will face-off in the bronze medal match on Sunday. The Indian forward was impeccable in his attempt to improvise the pass to beat the Malaysian goalkeeper Kumar Subramiam to take a 1-0 lead in the first quarter. What followed next was a great show by the Indians as the Pakistani defence fell apart conceding as many as four goals in the last two quarters of the match.
Goals from Satbir, Harmanpreet, Lalit and Gurjant ensured that the Men in Blue reached yet another final of the tournament.
In the Super-4s round, Pakistan lost 3-2 against Malaysia, drew 1-1 against South Korea before the match against India.
India relaxed in the fourth quarter, allowing Malaysia some space and they pulled back two goals through Rahim Razie (50th minute) and Rosli Ramadan (59th minute).
The tempo of the match increased towards the end of the first quarter but the second quarter saw both the teams battle it out in the midfield. This goal by SV Sunil was also adjudged as the goal of the match.
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Going by recent form and domination, India, the top-ranked side in the tournament, will start as overwhelming favourites against the world ranked 13 Pakistan.
Tengku Tajuddin then missed an easy chance for Malaysia.
Earlier, hosts Bangladesh finished 6th in the eight-team to play directly in the final round of the next Asia Cup beating China 4-3 in shootout after 3-3 in the scheduled time despite losing other four matches - twice against Japan and one each against India and Pakistan.
Though their second goal came through in the 59th minute via Ramadan Rosli, India extended their lead in the 60th minute when stalwart Sardar Singh picked up a brilliant assist to get a reverse shot on goal.