India emerged as the champions of the Asian Champions Trophy 2016 by beating Pakistan 3-2 in the final in Malaysia on Sunday. India took the lead in the 18th minute through Rupinder Pal Singh. Affan Yousuf doubled the lead in the 23rd minute after he deflected a Ramadeep Singh hit. Pakistan pulled one back through Bilal in the 28th minute as he converted a penalty corner. Pakistan tied the match 2-2 after Ali Shan scored a field goal after a defensive error from India. But the winning goal scored by Nikkin Thimammiah from India separated the two teams in the final. Malaysia won the bronze medal by beating South Korea in a play-off match.
ALL OVER! India win the final of Asian Champions Trophy after beating Pakistan 3-2
59′ Under one minute remaining. India need to hold on to the one goal lead to win this title.
56′ Pakistan on the attack but have failed to convert some good balls inside the circle. Time running out for them
54′ MISS! Pakistan fail to stop the pass of the PC. No damage done to India. Six minutes remaining and India are leading 3-2
53′ Pakistan holding the ball in their half and bringing down the pace of the game. Inside the Indian circle and they ask for a referral
PC to Pakistan as it had hit Lakra’s foot
51′ GOAL! India 3-2 Pakistan (Nikkin Thimmaiah)
Nikkin receives the ball inside the circle and flicks it over the defender’s stick and past the keeper on the far post. Ramandeep was waiting as well
50′ MISS! Nikkin misses an open goal as he fails to collect the cross from Chinlengsana. Could have easily made it 3-2
48′ Sardar Singh with two good runs but loses controls on both occasions. No damage done. India enjoying possession but finding it difficult to score
End of the third quarter. India have dominated the game but their are level at 2-2 with Pakistan. 15 minutes to play now
44′ Last minute of the third quarter! India and Pakistan locked at 2-2. Both teams brilliant in defence
39′ GOAL! India 3-2 Pakistan!
There was no touch inside the circle from any Indian player. Video umpire says no goal. It’s still 2-2 in the final
38′ GOAL! India 2-2 Pakistan
Defensive error from India as Sardar Singh fails to trap a ball inside the circle! Bilal sends it in
India trying hard to extend the lead against Pakistan but trapping the ball in the other half has been a problem
Players back on the field for the second half! India are leading 2-1 against Pakistan
End of first half in the final! India lead Pakistan 2-1. Rupinder Pal Singh and Affan Yousuf the goal scorers for India. Aleem Bilal the lone scorer for Pakistan
28′ Two minutes remaining in the first half! India lead Pakistan by 2-1 in this Asia Champions Trophy final
26′ PC to Pakistan as Kothajit has a bad challenge. GOAL! Pakistan bring one back!
GOAL! India 2-0 Pakistan (Affan Yousuf 23′)
Brilliant ball from Sardar Singh to Ramandeep Singh, who was waiting on the left flank inside the circle. He takes the hit and Affan Yousuf deflects it in
21′ ALMOST! Talwinder Singh hits one over the bar. Talwinder enters the circle from the right side and tries a reverse shot. He could have played it to the two players waiting on the far post
18′ GOAL! India 1-0 Pakistan (Rupinder Pal Singh)
18′ Sardar Singh with an excellent run with the ball and Pradeep Mor accompanies him. Dangerous ball inside the circle from Pakistan. PC to India
16′ Players back on the field after the break. Pakistan with the first attack on the Indian goal. But no big threat as it is hit wide
End of first quarter. India 0-0 Pakistan
Absorbing first quarter with both teams trying hard to break the deadlock but to no avail
15′ Pakistan with an attack from left corner and a brilliant shot from the goal line. Tight angle and Chitke blocks it
14′ Kothajit pushes one to the Pakistan goal from inside the circle but is blocked by Amzad Ali. No Indian player to gather it on the rebound
12′ Aerial ball from Pakistan and it is straight to the player in the Indian circle. India goalkeeper Akash Chitke comes out of the goal to block the shot and he manages to do so. So close from taking the lead. Superb air ball from Pakistan
10′ A lot of water on the field which is making the ball movement a bit difficult. Both teams have been cautious so far
9′ Pakistan holding the position in the Indian half but the defence has been on its toes to deny them any opening
7′ Penalty corner to India. Affan Yousuf draws a foul
Jasjit has hit the drag wide off the right post. India waste the first chance to take the lead
3′ A build-up from India and Kothajit passes it to Affan on the left but he has fouled. Hit for Pakistan
2′ Pakistan with the first shot at the goal but no touch from any player inside the circle. No damage done
We are underway in Malaysia. India are attacking from right to left and are eyeing to win the gold medal here
Both teams out on the field for the National Anthems. First, the National Anthem of Pakistan will be played followed by India.
Pakistan playing XI
Abdul Khan, Mohammad Aleem Bilal, Tasawar Abbas, Mohammad Irfan Jr, Mohammad Arshad, Mohammad Rizwar Sr, Ammad Shakeel Butt, Fareed Ahmed (C), Amjad Ali (GK), Mohammad Umar Bhutta, Ajaz Hamad
Playing XI of India:
Akash Chitke (GK), Rupinder Pal Singh (C), Sardar Singh, Kothajit Singh, Ramandeep Singh, SK Uthappa, Affan Yousuf, Devinder Walmiki, Birender Lakra, Pradeep Mor, Nikkin Thimmaiah
In the third-fourth position play-off match, Malaysia beat South Korea in penalty shoot-out to win the bronze medal
India and Pakistan play the final of the Asian Champions Trophy in Malaysia. Will India make it double delight on Diwalia or will Pakistan spoil the party to defend the title?
Goalkeeper PR Sreejesh starred in front of the goal to help India beat South Korea in the penalty shootout to enter the final of the fourth Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament
Recovering from his ankle injury to play in today’s semi-final at the Kuantan Hockey Stadium, Sreejesh saved the South Korea’s last attempt to secure the hard-fought 5-4 win in the shootout after both the teams were locked 2-2 at the end of regulation time. Sreejesh padded away the ball from the stick of Lee Dae-Yeol to clinch the victory and seal India’s place in tomorrow’s summit clash.
This is India’s third entry into the final of the Asian Champions Trophy, whose inaugural edition it won in 2011 and were runners up to Pakistan in 2012.
Top-ranked India found the young Koreans tough opponents, who bounced back after conceding the initial lead and were in the lead briefly before India got the equaliser in regulation period. Talwinder Singh gave India the initial lead with a field goal in the 15th minute, but the Koreans came back to score through Seo In-Woo’s strike in open play in the 21st and then took the lead from a penalty stroke conversion by Yang Ji-Hun in the 53rd. The match went to shootout after Ramandeep Singh scored made it 2-2 for India in the 55th minute.
In the shootout, Sardar Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh and Akashdeep Singh duly scored the first four attempts before Birendra Lakra was obstructed and the resultant penalty stroke was converted by Rupinder to give India all five successful strikes in the shootout.
For South Korea, captain Jung Man-Jae, Kim Hyeong-Jin and Lee Jung-Jun faced no problem in converting their attempts. The fourth shot by Bae Jong-Suk was blocked by Sreejesh, but a penalty stroke was awarded for a stick-check by the Indian goalkeeper after Korea asked for a video referral and the resultant stroke was converted by Yang Ji-Hun. It all came down to the last Korean shot and Sreejesh rose to the occasion to deny Lee Dae-Yeol to seal the affair.
During the match, India launched the first attack in the seventh minute as Talwinder moved into the circle from the left and tried a reverse shot to the far post, but the ball was intercepted by a defender to avert the danger. The first Indian penalty corner came two minutes later, but Rupinder’s grounder posed no danger to the Korean goal.
Right-half Pradeep Mor sent a diagonal ball into the goalmouth, where Talwinder’s faint deflection went wide of the left post in the 14th minute. Within 15 seconds, Talwinder got a ball from Akashdeep on the other flank and this time he unleashed a diagonal shot from top of the circle into the boards to open India’s account.
The Koreans retaliated with their first penalty corner, but captain Jang Man-Jae’s shot was wide.
Nikkin Thimmaiah dribbled around in the Korean circle in the 17th minute to get a clear view of the goal, but then left the ball for India’s captain for the match SK Uthappa, who show wide after dribbling past one defender.
The Koreans equalised in the 21st minute when Rupinder was unable to intercept a long through pass at the top of the circle. Nippy Korean striker Seo In-Woo succeeded in stealing the ball from Rupinder and then wrong-footed him to have a clear view of the citadel. Seo beat custodian Sreejesh with a firm drive that sounded the boards.
The Koreans then forced two penalty corners before half-time, but failed to convert both. In between two Korean penalty corners, India got a penalty corner, but the defenders rushed off briskly to block Rupinder’s shot within a yard of leaving his stick in the 29th minute.
Rupinder was frustrated again in the 36th minute from India’s third penalty corner. This time a rising shot was slapped pack by goalkeeper Hong Doopyo. The last quarter of the match was played under heavy rains. The Koreans made the most of a momentary confusion in the Indian defence near 25 years and moved the ball briskly to the circle to earn their fourth penalty corner.
Goalkeeper Sreejesh blocked two shot and the third shy on the round struck the body of Devender Walmiki, who was standing on the goalline. The resultant penalty stroke was duly converted by Yang Ji-Hun to give South Korea a 2-1 lead in the 53rd minute.
Trailing for the first time in the contest, India charged ahead to earn a penalty corner, where the shot was deflected out by the defenders, but Sardar Singh produced his old sparkle to set up the Indian equaliser.
Sardar moved in along the goalline on the left flank and went past a couple of Koreans before passing the ball to Ramandeep Singh who flicked into the goal to draw level.
India continued to attack in the last five minutes, but the Koreans packed their territory in numbers to thwart any danger to their citadel.