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Pakistan beat India to clinch Asian Champions Trophy

Published Dec 27, 2012 06:17pm


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India earlier beat Pakistan 2-1 in the same tournament. -File photo

KARACHI: Pakistan defeated India 5-4 in an exciting Asian Hockey Champions Trophy final at the Al Rayyan Stadium in Doha, Qatar on Thursday to clinch the gold medal.

It was a close match, marred by controversy in the final few minutes, with India walking off the field in protest against a penalty corner that was not given. They came back on with two minutes left in the match as Pakistan held on to secure the win.

Shafqat Rasool scored one while Mohammad Waqas and captain Mohammad Imran scored two goals apiece.

The Greenshirts opened the scoring in the seventh minute through a penalty corner scored by Waqas, but India equalised within two minutes through SV Sunil.

Raghunath then gave his side the lead in the 21st minute as India went into half-time 2-1 up.

In the second-half, the tempo of the game was much faster with both teams creating chances and Rasool soon gave Pakistan the equaliser in the 42nd minute.

Imran’s goal gave Pakistan the lead again but India pulled one back through Gurvinder Chandi to make the score 3-3. However, Waqas soon restored Pakistan’s lead in the 57th minute but Rupinderpal Singh scored yet another equaliser for the men in blue.

Pakistan were awarded a penalty corner in the 64th minute which led to Imran scoring the winning goal.

The tournament comprised six top teams from Asia – Pakistan, China, India, Oman, Malaysia and Japan.

Pakistan thrashed Oman in their opening match 8-3, followed by a 5-2 win over China, a 3-3 draw against Malaysia and lost 2-1 to India who they had beaten to clinch the bronze medal at the Champions Trophy earlier this month in Melbourne, Australia. Pakistan brushed aside Japan 5-2 in the final pool match to set up a clash with India.

Meanwhile, Malaysia clinched the bronze medal after beating China 3-1.


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Bbbb Jan 04, 2013 08:11am
Shoaib Akhtar got Sachin out in Calcutta, we all know, that is why BCCI does not allow DRS referral to work in the matches they play.
shuaib Dec 28, 2012 07:53am
Its in cricket too, recall calcutta
sunny Jan 02, 2013 02:33am
A penalty stroke denied to India I have since read a number of artcles. India was awarded a penalty stroke (2 mins. from the hooter) when a Pakistani player elbowed him inside the box. The near referee (5 ft from the scene) awarded a PS to the Indian team. All Pakistani players (except goal-keeper) surrounded the referee. The said referee then talked with the other referee who was 30 meters away. Strangely, the far referee without the benefits of a video referral (there was none in the tournament) reversed the PS decision. Indians were aghast. According to coach Nobbs and captain Sardara Singh, this was the first such incident in the whole tournament. The whole Indian team felt that they were robbed. One Pakistani player later commented -- that is how it goes in games. A fair statement, but before dishing out comments like Indians are unsporting, please know the whole truth. Re. cricket, we all know how Sohaib Akhtar got Sachin out in Eden Gardens, Calcutta.
deep Dec 28, 2012 08:35am
whats your point
Bbbb Jan 04, 2013 08:16am
Well said.
Devraj, India Dec 30, 2012 04:31am
Great stuff from Pakistan. Congratulations to the team.
khalid Dec 30, 2012 01:27am
Well about time the green shirts can controll th macth . Because are young and they have a great speed . we should give chances to youn people . Viva Pakistan
Praveensankar Dec 29, 2012 06:04pm
congratz pak,,anyway it was a very good match,,i don knw hw many f we Indains and Pakistanis have watched this match,,they all were going behind the fucking cricket,,eventhough i never played this game in my life ,, i love this for it's beauty,,,
P Singh Dec 30, 2012 09:59am
Green or Blue, please win World Cup. Win from other of you, will make us (especially in foreign countries) proud in the end. Congrates Pakistan team for champion trophy.
Asif Dec 29, 2012 05:29am
You are funny Saira............very funny.....
Aaykay Dec 29, 2012 10:20am
Great Victory, buck up Boys !
Ghalib Khan Dec 29, 2012 11:55am
Why did i missed such a match, would have loved to see, well done guys couple of more of matches like this will definitely generate interest in this game.
Ghalib Khan Dec 29, 2012 11:51am
Saira, I believe anybody reading your comment is laughing at you.
ip Dec 28, 2012 09:20am
Right, and this from a country whose most famous sporting image is of their most beloved batsman trying to hit the bowler over the head with a cricket bat!
skeptic Dec 28, 2012 09:55am
are you serious?
Bbbb Jan 04, 2013 08:13am
YOU missed it, because YOU were not with the right crowd -:)
Khan Bhai Dec 28, 2012 02:31pm
Finally our young hockey team is coming of age. Congrats!
Saeed Dec 28, 2012 08:12am
Sara@ Pakistani players speak through their hockey sticks. that's what they are supposed to do.
M. Asghar Dec 28, 2012 09:46am
Congratulations for both the teams for a good game, where the rival hockeys dialogued well!
hamid Shafiq Dec 28, 2012 10:03am
i support your comment that its a game not war between two armies and every one accept game result.
MAP Dec 27, 2012 06:55pm
Indians taught a lesson.
Michael Warner Dec 28, 2012 08:13pm
CONGRATULATIONS. GREETINGS. MUBARAQ. Very tough win. Indian team won in the league game and now it was our team's turn to win. Hockey must have been at its best when nine goals are scored in a game played between neighboring countries. It develops the interest of a regular person and since they play more or less the same style of hockey, it will bring back the old fashion hockey to the modern lap tops of the current coaches. Significant highlight of this tournament was that too many goals were scored against the defence of our team. Offensively, it was an improved outing. Forwards scored a lot of goals. Undoubtedly, Pakistan is the best in the Asia and number 3 in the World. Time again they won against India and lost couple of times only. Indian side is also improving rapidly and with one big tournament win can come back on the medal podium. In recent times Pakistan has defeated South Korea also. Now, the brilliant coaching staff will focus on the consistency and I am sure that day is not far away, when we will be back as Olympic and World and Champions trophy winners. Nation should extend a Thank you to the team, Great's Akhtar Rasool and Hanif Khan. Also PHF.
Hakim Dec 28, 2012 08:11pm
They are hockey players. If they win without speaking English, that's enough for us. I would be proud of any player who speaks Urdu instead of trying to speak English. It is an inferiority complex trying to adopt another language. Be proud of your own language and let your skills speak the rest.
muak15736 Dec 27, 2012 07:07pm
Proud our national heroes. By the grace of God proud to say that we are Asian hockey champions
jd shami Dec 27, 2012 07:08pm
Pakistani Hockey Team: We r very pround of you, Pakistan Zinda-bad
Ali Vaqar Awan Dec 27, 2012 07:09pm
Congradulations to Pakistan Hockey team for wining Asian Champions Trophy and defeating India. Its a great and glorious victory for Pakistan. Wonderful performance put up by Pakistan in a thrilling and exciting match.
ak47 Dec 27, 2012 07:10pm
sanjay Dec 27, 2012 07:14pm
Very good game of hockey from both teams pakistan and india. Both played really well. However indians needs to learn to accept the defeat with open heart and walking out is not the solution. Indian team playing very good hockey and they do not need to do childish act
usman Dec 27, 2012 07:15pm
& the lesson we got is never think beyond india
Kahut Dec 27, 2012 07:18pm
Indians getting smashed by Pakistan both in Cricket & Hockey , Lolzzz . First the Champions Trophy and now Asian Trophy . Buck up Pakistan , we need good news more then the Indians right now as we have little to celebrate for. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD
nm Dec 27, 2012 07:24pm
It is good to see that these teams play hard in the sports field. Great!!! I would hate this fire across the borders. We do not need that. Sports and Music ... trust me we are saving lot of lives ... Cheers India and Pakistan. Kudos to both teams!!!
Shahid Dec 27, 2012 07:24pm
Hoorayyyyyyyyyyyy! and well done Pakistan.
Shamim Dec 27, 2012 07:29pm
Well done green shirts , keep it up
jordee2754 Dec 27, 2012 07:35pm
for the live commentry highlights and unsupoortive ind behavior!
Edwardian Dec 27, 2012 07:55pm
Sports should be taken as sports. Why would India walk off the field and couple of days earlier Ishant Sharma behaved in an unsporting way. Indians yet have to learn how to behave in a civil manner.
Nadeem Khan Dec 27, 2012 08:02pm
I wish I had watched this game.What I understand from different sources, it was a thrilling contest, both sides played well. India should accept defeat gracefully. Look at the bright side , revival of hockey in both countries is a good possibility.
CricIsFake Dec 27, 2012 08:08pm
Another false dawn?
Aadil Dec 27, 2012 08:11pm
and clearly you didn't learn your lesson of humility!
Muhammad Waqas Dec 27, 2012 08:12pm
congratulations Pakistan team very good to see Hockey players are producing some thing for the nation and India must have shown some sportsmen spirit. Good luck Pakistan we are proud of you even if you lose or win
Kandan Dec 27, 2012 08:14pm
what was the lesson, score was 5-4 , a close match
James Dec 27, 2012 08:14pm
Very well said and i am really impressed to see some positive comments from Indian side
Khurram Dec 27, 2012 08:17pm
I would say Pakistan played well to came back from 2-1. It is a great win and i think indian freinds should accept the defeat. It is a sports , may be tomorrow they can win as well
ayaz Dec 27, 2012 08:24pm
i am an indian but love pakistan....pakis are ding well in every field of life...we need to learn a lesson from them...anyway one day we all muslims will be one insh allah....pakistan zinda bad.
Adnan Dec 27, 2012 08:24pm
First Cricket and now Hockey....Lagay raho Munna bhai
Ahmed Dec 27, 2012 08:27pm
Very good game of hockey. Great to see Asian giants in the final playing Asian style of hockey, attacking and creating chances. Hats off. Pakistan Zindabad. India-Pakistan friendly rivalry zindabad !
Hrleen Dec 27, 2012 08:43pm
Pakistanis are last persons on this earth to preach civility.How do you know Ishant Sharma behaved in unsporting way and Akmal did not ? When did India walk off the field ? Indian public had been dead against playing against Pakistan, it is just for Political reasons that his drama is being enacted. So distribute this wisdom to your own countrymen.
Bbbb Dec 27, 2012 08:46pm
Well, well, well, if it was Asian Champions trophy, then a team from Africa could not possibly win.
Bbbb Dec 27, 2012 08:47pm
May be tomorrow or may be after 500 years. Who knows.
Bbbb Dec 27, 2012 08:51pm
Give them a break man. Their civilization is about 5000 years old. Older individuals, sometimes suffer dementia.
Pakistani Dec 27, 2012 09:12pm
Indians are not true sportsmen, They have very bad habit of walking off the ground when they are losing which is a total disgrace to their whole country... A month back indian Kabaadi team walked off during Asian Kabaadi championship final and Pakistan won that and today they walked off during an other final of Hockey championship. They are disgrace to most game...better not play with them. Congratulation to Pakistan!!
Sunil Dec 27, 2012 09:22pm
I watched the game , it made me proud the way they played. Future for Asian Hockey looking bright. Congrat Pak and very well played India
Zafar Dec 27, 2012 09:35pm
Its not India or Pakistan its a game... play like champions and give best of your quality and accept what ever the result.
jasminerafique (@jasminerafique) Dec 27, 2012 09:41pm
Has anyone come across the Match Highlights of this Match? Ahhh I love Hockey so much and so many sports channels couldn't air such a important match
Morad786 Dec 27, 2012 10:04pm
Great Game! I was there....wonderfully fast and competetive ...Pak crowd outnumbered the Indians by 3-1! Indian's were very bad at losing....
Asif Ali Khan, Toronto Canada . Dec 27, 2012 10:47pm
Hats off to Asian Hockey Champions... Pakistan. Congratulations.
beg Dec 28, 2012 12:45am
bravo pakistan zindabad
khan Dec 28, 2012 12:52am
well done Pakistan ,,, ,,,, Pakistan have proved they are best in the Asia,,,,
waqasU Dec 28, 2012 12:55am
Great performance green shirts...Pakistan Zindabad....
Saira Dec 28, 2012 03:07am
Hahah pakistan men hilarious jokers to the max Hardly anyone can speak English
Akram Dec 28, 2012 09:04am
erm...this is a Pakistani paper...founded by Quaid-e-azam himself.... if you read the article the Indians left the field during the match in protest... read and ye shall learn.
Joker Dec 28, 2012 09:04am
@Saira: Haha !! English men hilarious jokers to the max Hardly anyone can speak Urdu. And the list will go on for the jokers around the world. I wonder which one contains your name ;) --- Peace.
Raheel Dec 28, 2012 09:03am
Well done, Green shirts.
Paki Dec 28, 2012 04:30am
Dont expect any sports man spirit from indians!
Balwanjee Dec 28, 2012 04:34am
Pakistan 5, India 4. What a game like two feeble wrestlers trying to reach a decision.
Paki Dec 28, 2012 04:34am
Positive comments from Hindustan! Surprised and yes, Thanks :)
sunny Dec 28, 2012 04:38am
What lesson? Do you know that India could have kept Pakistan out of the final? If Pakistan had played Malayasia in similar situation, no one knows what Pakistan would have done. Do you also know that India won the league encounter? Watch the final closely, and you will see that India actually had many more near-goal misses. Of course, it does not take away any credit from Pakistan. They probably played their best hockey in the final. Yes, India did not do the right thing by leaving the field. After all, it is just a hockey match. It was probably one of the most memorable match of recent time. I am glad Nobbs/management have shown good control over the players.
Hussain Dec 28, 2012 04:40am
Welldone Pakistan. Keep it up
Farhan Dec 28, 2012 09:00am
But they can paly Hockey thats their job. Well done Paksitan
DPD Dec 28, 2012 06:40am
Congratulation Pakistan. I dont know about the "controversy " since I could not watch the match. Nevertheless, Congratualtions. I belive Pakistan got the victory they worked for. it is always a pleasure to see Pakistan play. I wish India would play as consistently as Pakistan does.
tariq Dec 28, 2012 08:39am
what does english language has to do with hockey...well. done pakistan congratulations!!!
Khan Bhai Dec 28, 2012 02:36pm
Speaking "English" does not make one smart. If that was the case, all great ideas should have been written and invented in English. That's not the case. Democracy, a Greek invention who never knew "English". Algebra and Arabic numerals have very little to do with "English". One day you'll grow up and realize that people are still designing languages to better express themselves. Try Ithkuil.
akhter husain Dec 28, 2012 06:58am
It was a very good victory,a close contest is always thrilling.This triumph should not be the last one.