Asia Cup: India beat Pakistan 3-1, top Pool A

Asia Cup: India beat Pakistan 3-1, top Pool A

Asia Cup: India beat Pakistan 3-1, top Pool A

India today defeated arch rival Pakistan 3-1 to top Pool A of the Asia Cup hockey match at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium.

Both Pakistan and Japan finished with four points but Pakistan has qualified for the next round of super four because of the better goal difference than that of Japan.

In the Super 4s, which get underway on October 18, India and Pakistan will be joined by the top two teams from Pool B, with Malaysia already having qualified and to be joined by the victor of Monday's clash between China and South Korea.

Three minutes later, Lalit Upadhyay struck his second goal of the tournament when he put one past Abu Nippon as India went into the first break with a comfortable 3-0 lead. India had the chance to tighten the noose on the match as two Pakistan players were awarded yellow cards, but the Pakistan's defence held their nerves.

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.

Goals from Chinglensana Singh (17'), Ramandeep Singh (44') and Harmanpreet Singh (45') ensured the top spot in Pool A for India.

But at the end of the day, the Indians came out superior and continued their recent domination over Pakistan, that includes back-to-back victories in the Hockey World League Semi-Final in London earlier this year.

# A penalty corner for India, will they stretch the lead further, Harmanpreet to take the shot.

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. Pakistan won the pool match 4-2 but lost the final by an identical margin.

Q3 41'min: Akashdeep and Gurjant exchange inside D, but Gurjant sends the ball on the charging Pakistan goalkeeper, India missed the golden chance to extend their lead. After that brilliant pass, Harmanpreet scores for team India. "We started the match pretty well and earned a few penalty corners".

Q1 15'min: Penalty corner for Pakistan, the men in green missed the opportunity. Who will score the first goal of the match?

Pakistan, with four points, also advanced to the second round.

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