India takes home the Asia Cup Hockey, Pakistan ranks third

India takes home the Asia Cup Hockey, Pakistan ranks third

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Indian Men’s Hockey Team were crowned Asia Cup 2017 Champions after they beat Malaysia 2-1 in the final of the tournament at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium on Sunday, Asian Hockey Federation reported.

 

Goals from Ramandeep Singh (3′) and Lalit Upadhyay (29′) secured the title for India as Malaysia failed to make an impact on the game in the early stages but came back with a solitary goal through Shahril Saabah (50′).

 

This is the third time that India have won the Asia Cup title and after a gap of 10 years.

 

Earlier, Pakistan team was in their true elements as they clinically demolished the Korean side 6-3 to end their Asia Cup 2017 campaign with a Bronze Medal.

 

It was a hattrick of goals by Ajaz Ahmad (10′, 30′, 36′), Rashid Mehmood (26′) and Abu Mahmood (32′) that clinched a win for Pakistan.

 

Koreans, unlike their previous Super 4s matches, were not their usual defensive best and Pakistan took complete advantage of that as they attacked them hooter to hooter, showcasing exemplary skill work to make space in the Korean circle.

 

It was a pleasure to watch this Pakistani side who played with renewed spirit, determined to return home with a win.

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