India rout Pakistan 4-0, enter Asia Cup hockey final

Not only were India brilliant in attack their players also defended in numbers. Image courtesy Neeraj Tiwari

India will face Malaysia in the final of the Asia Cup hockey championship after a thumping 4-0 win over arch-foes Pakistan in their final second-round clash here on Saturday.

After things stayed goalless at half time, India once again emphasised on the big gulf between the two teams with quick and efficient passing in the third and fourth quarter.

With this victory, India have now entered the final of the continental tournament as the toppers of Super 4 with seven points.

Second-placed Malaysia took their points tally to four after playing out a 1-1 draw against South Korea, who collected three points in total. 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.

It was goals by Akashdeep Singh (14'), Harmanpreet Singh (19') and SK Uthappa (24') that gave India a 3-0 head start followed by Gurjant Singh (33'), SV Sunil (40') and Sardar Singh (60') which ensured fireworks in favour of India.

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Pakistan kept their defensive shape well as they did not allow India to have spaces in behind their defence which meant that the latter struggled to attack.

Three times champions Pakistan will, however, play the 3rd place-deciding consolation match on Sunday at 3:00pm against losers of the South Korea-Malaysia match.

The young Indian team is flying high on confidence after leading a strong campaign in the Asia Cup tournament which is underway in Dhaka.

Shambolic defending or just an Indian comeback, call it what you want, the spoils very clearly go to India in this particular encounter. There also the Green Shirts defeated India in the decisive last match.

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