Olympic bronze medallist India defeated arch-rivals Pakistan 4-Three in a pulsating third-fourth place play-off match to win the bronze medal on the Asian Champions Trophy males’s hockey match right here on Wednesday. India, who had been the defending champions together with Pakistan within the final version of the match in Muscat, will return with a comfort prize after having misplaced to Japan 3-5 within the semifinals on Tuesday.
India took the lead within the very first minute by way of vice-captain Harmanpreet Singh earlier than Sumit (45th), Varun Kumar (53rd) and Akashdeep Singh (57th) struck a objective every. Pakistan’s targets had been scored by Afraz (10th), Abdul Rana (33rd) and Ahmed Nadeem (57th). It was India’s second win over Pakistan within the match after having crushed the identical opponents 3-1 within the round-robin levels.
Coming into the match as scorching favourites and having topped the round-robin stage with an unbeaten document, the Indians could be upset to return with a bronze. In the summit conflict late on Wednesday, South Korea will play Japan.
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