Dominant India thrash Pakistan 3-1 in Asia Cup 2017

by Leon Thompson October 16, 2017, 0:09
Dominant India thrash Pakistan 3-1 in Asia Cup 2017

Pakistan's only goal came from Ali Shan who capitalised on Sardar's error.

By virtue of this win, India finished on top of Pool A with nine points from three games while Pakistan secured the second spot with four points.

Pakistan had got off to a roaring start in this tournament with a 7-0 win against hosts Bangladesh, but they stumbled against Japan as they settled for a 2-2 draw.

Q2 23'min: Once again a brilliant save from Indian goalkeeper, India maintain their lead 1-0 vs Pakistan.

India skipper Manpreet Singh was happy with the result, but felt the team needs to make improvements in the upcoming matches.

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The Dutchman though will face a sterner test as the pressure of leading an Indian team against Pakistan will take a toll even on the best tacticians.

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Contrary to the win, Pakistan had the first real scoring chance when they earned their first penalty corner but they wasted it. Rated as favourites to win the title, the Indians have been impressive so far, beating Japan and hosts Bangladesh comprehensively in their opening two Pool A matches.

The second quarter started well for the Indians as they produced some slick passing to take the lead in the 17th minute.

Q4 55'min: Penalty Corner - Close attack by Pak, India succumbs to their combined attack, nearly a goal.

The two team have last played each other in the World Hockey League semifinals where India trounced Pakistan by 6-1. Pakistan, who are now ranked 14th in the world compared to India's 6th, has failed to regain their winning ways.

However, India's defence was up to the task at hand, and showed good cohesion to deny their opponents as they took the lead into half-time.

Pakistan, with four points, also advanced to the second round. India kept their shape in the last 10 minutes of the match to finish the match 3-1 in their favour.

London Olympics medallist and veteran shooter Gagan Narang too hailed Team India's victory.


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