India celebrated Diwali by winning gold medal in the Men’s Asian Champions Trophy by beating arch-rivals Pakistan 3-2 in the final in Malaysia on Sunday. This is the second time India have won the title of this tournament.
India won the inaugural tournament in 2011 but finished runners-up to Pakistan in 2012. Pakistan defended their title in 2013.
India dominated the proceedings throughout the match but both teams failed to score in the first quarter and it ended 0-0. India got the chance to take the lead in the first quarter but Jasjit Singh failed to convert the penalty corner.
But Rupinder Pal Singh converted the second penalty corner in the 18th minute to send India into a 1-0 lead. Affan Yousuf then doubled the lead five minutes later when he deflected a Ramandeep Singh hit into the goal.
Pakistan pulled one back through Mohammad Aleem Bilal who converted a penalty corner just two minutes before the half-time. India went into the half time break leading 2-1.
India dominated again in the third quarter but a defensive error by Sardar Singh in the 38th minute gave Pakistan the opening and Ali Shan scored their second goal to tie the match 2-2.
India wasted a couple of chances in the fourth quarter to take the lead. It was Nikkin Thimmaiah’s goal in the 51st minute that gave India the 3-2 lead.
India held on to this till the end of the time to win the match 3-2 and the gold medal for the second time in the tournament.