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Pakistan's dream start turned into a nightmare as they fell 3-1 to the Netherlands on the opening day of the men's Champions Trophy, while Olympic champions Germany held off New Zealand 3-2.  Meanwhile Australia were pushed by Belgium as they set after a fifth straight title, while India upset England defeating them 3-1. - Photos by AFP

Blair Tarrant (R) of New Zealand leaps as Patrick Schmidt of Germany passes the ball during their men's hockey match at the Champions Trophy on December 1, 2012. ? Photo by AFP
Blair Tarrant (R) of New Zealand leaps as Patrick Schmidt of Germany passes the ball during their men's hockey match at the Champions Trophy on December 1, 2012. ? Photo by AFP
Sander Baart  (R) of The Netherlands is tackled by Muhammad Rizwan Senior of Pakistan during their men's hockey match at the Champions Trophy in Melbourne on December 1, 2012. ? Photo by AFP
Sander Baart (R) of The Netherlands is tackled by Muhammad Rizwan Senior of Pakistan during their men's hockey match at the Champions Trophy in Melbourne on December 1, 2012. ? Photo by AFP
Billy Bakker of The Netherlands tumbles over Muhammad Umar Bhutta of Pakistan during their men's hockey match at the Champions Trophy in Melbourne on December 1, 2012. A? Photo by AFP
Billy Bakker of The Netherlands tumbles over Muhammad Umar Bhutta of Pakistan during their men's hockey match at the Champions Trophy in Melbourne on December 1, 2012. A? Photo by AFP
Nicolas Wilson (C) of New Zealand jumps past Nicolas Jacobi of Germany during their men's hockey match at the Champions Trophy in Melbourne on December 1, 2012. ? Photo by AFP
Nicolas Wilson (C) of New Zealand jumps past Nicolas Jacobi of Germany during their men's hockey match at the Champions Trophy in Melbourne on December 1, 2012. ? Photo by AFP
Captain Sardar Singh of India hits the ball during the pool B match between England and India at the Mens Hockey Champioships Trophy in Melbourne on December 1, 2012. India won the match 3-1. ? Photo by AFP
Captain Sardar Singh of India hits the ball during the pool B match between England and India at the Mens Hockey Champioships Trophy in Melbourne on December 1, 2012. India won the match 3-1. ? Photo by AFP
Mark Gleghorne of England (R) runs past Kothajit Singh of India (L) as he takes a tumble during the pool B match between India and England at the Mens Hockey Champioships Trophy in Melbourne on December 1, 2012. India won the match 3-1. ? Photo by AFP
Mark Gleghorne of England (R) runs past Kothajit Singh of India (L) as he takes a tumble during the pool B match between India and England at the Mens Hockey Champioships Trophy in Melbourne on December 1, 2012. India won the match 3-1. ? Photo by AFP
Jacob Whetton of Australia celebrates after scoring a goal against Belgium during their men's hockey match at the Champions Trophy in Melbourne on December 1, 2012. ? Photo by AFP
Jacob Whetton of Australia celebrates after scoring a goal against Belgium during their men's hockey match at the Champions Trophy in Melbourne on December 1, 2012. ? Photo by AFP
Nicolas Wilson (R) of New Zealand flicks the ball between the legs of goalkeeper Nicolas Jacobi of Germany during their men's hockey match at the Champions Trophy in Melbourne on December 1, 2012. ? Photo by AFP
Nicolas Wilson (R) of New Zealand flicks the ball between the legs of goalkeeper Nicolas Jacobi of Germany during their men's hockey match at the Champions Trophy in Melbourne on December 1, 2012. ? Photo by AFP
Goalkeeper Imran Butt of Pakistan dives to save a goal during a men's hockey match against the Netherlands at the Champions Trophy in Melbourne on December 1, 2012. ? Photo by AFP
Goalkeeper Imran Butt of Pakistan dives to save a goal during a men's hockey match against the Netherlands at the Champions Trophy in Melbourne on December 1, 2012. ? Photo by AFP

Comments (3) (Closed)


raika45
Dec 01, 2012 12:26pm
There was a time when India and Pakistan entered a hockey tournament and the rest of the hockey world would shiver.What glory days that were.It usually ended India taking on Pakistan.The stick work of the players was a joy to watch.
Raoul Ciao
Dec 02, 2012 12:58pm
while India has made a fighting start and won their match against fancied England, pakistan need to put the loss behind them and come good next match, irrespective of who they play. The Asians have to get back the champions' Trophy into an Asian team ! buck Up India, pakistan. You can do it !!
Manomoni
Dec 01, 2012 04:06pm
Cricket destroyed hockey in the sub continent...Refer the history..