India smash Pakistan 4-0 to reach final of Asia Cup Hockey

by Dwayne Torres October 23, 2017, 0:38
India smash Pakistan 4-0 to reach final of Asia Cup Hockey

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated the Indian hockey team for winning the Asia Cup 2017.

India defeated Pakistan in the all-important semi-final match of Asia Cup on Saturday.

With the day's feat, last time runners-up India finished top in the four-team super league securing highest seven points while Pakistan were in the bottom of the list with only one point, playing three matches each.

Winning the Hero Asia Cup 2017 was South Korea's final chance to achieve World Cup qualification, but that dream was ended in heartbreakingly dramatic fashion. Sardar Singh, in particular, was phenomenal with his striding forward, he combined with Sumit at times to scare the opponent's backline and get the ball back of the nets for India.

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Goals from Satbir Singh (39′), Harmanpreet Singh (51′), Lalit Upadhyay (52′) and Gurjant Singh (57′) ensured the top spot in Super 4s for India.

For Malaysia, it was their best result in the tournament. The second quarter also saw India produce some outstanding attacking play as they looked to extend their lead. Shahril Saabah scored a late goal for his side in the 50th minute to give them some hope.

The game between Malaysia and North Korea was postponed following the murder of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of the North's leader, Kim Jong-un, at klia2 on February 13. "Hockey is a team game and we are a family". The goal came with just 10 minutes left in the encounter but India held their nerve and emerged victorious.

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