Pakistan's Shakeel Abbasi (C) vies against Naota Shiokawa (R) of Japan. —File photo
KAKAMIGAHARA: Defending champions, Pakistan, on Sunday retained its title defeating hosts Japan by a margin of two goals in the final match of the third Asian Champions Trophy field hockey tournament being played in Japan's Kakamighara city, DawnNews reported.
The Japanese team took an aggressive start scoring one goal to take the lead in the first half.
Pakistan replied with a comeback in the second half scoring three goals before the 66th minute.
The green-shirts had remained unbeaten in the tournament defeating Omman, Malaysia, China and India in the group stage matches.
The previous match played between Pakistan and Japan, during the group stages, had ended in a 1-1 draw.
Malaysia secured the third position in the tournament.