India slams 4 past Pakistan to reach final

Live updates from the Asia Cup tie between India and Pakistan.

Action during an India vs Pakistan match in the men’s World Hockey League in London earlier this year. “It is important for us to keep focus on our game as we want to win the tournament,” says Farhat Khan, Pakistan’s head coach.   -  AP

India's victory ensures its spot in Sunday's final. While the tie remained evenly contested until the end of the third quarter, the Indians took the tie away with two goals in a span of less than two minutes in the fourth quarter.

India's opponent in the final will be decided after Malaysia's tie against South Korea later this evening.

60" And there goes the hooter to bring this tie to an end, with India triumphing 4-0 over Pakistan.

57" Gurjant Singh makes it four and India seem to be cruising to a comfortable victory, with just under three minutes to go.

 

57" INDIA FOUR-NIL AHEAD.

54" The Indians make another attempt on goal. Ramandeep's attempt forces a quick save from the 'keeper and the score-line remains 3-0.

52" Lalit makes it three! The Indians score two goals in less than two minutes to make it 3-0.

 

51" Harmanpreet Singh makes it two! A powerful strike leaves the Pakistan 'keeper clueless as India takes a formidable 2-0 lead.

49" Amjad brings his A game to the fore to save a flurry of shots and keep Pakistan in the tie.

48" Varun's strong attempt from the PC is well-blocked by Pakistan's Amjad.

47"
Another dangerous looking move gives India a PC.

46" Varun misses a golden chance! India had a great chance to double its lead but Varun failed to find the target as the score remains 1-0, with 14 minutes to go.

-Fourth quarter begins-


Third quarter ends. India leads 1-0. Pakistan has 15 minutes to claw its way back into the tie and seal its place in Sunday's Asia Cup final.

42" India looking the more attacking side in this third quarter. Almost all of the last five minutes have been spent in the Pakistan side of the turf.

40" PC for India. A fine attempt is fended off by the Pakistani 'keeper.

37" Gurjant played a key role in creating the goal by keeping the defence under pressure.

 

37" INDIA SCORES! A brilliant pass from Satbir is turned into goal  by a Pakistani defender to give India the lead.

35" Another meek attack from India is thwarted by the Pakistan defence. Pakistan is really pushing hard, giving India hardly any space.

31" Pakistan starts the third quarter with another dangerous looking attack, keeping the Indian defence on its toes.

-Third quarter begins-


 

End of second quarter. At halftime, scores are 0-0.

30" The second quarter seems a lot more evenly contested, with the Indians also making attempts on goal. However, the scores remain on level terms as at the end of the quarter.

27" PC for India. Harmanpreet's powerful flick rattles the cross-bar!

26" Surender Kumar gets his stick in just in time to deny Ahmad Butt.  

26" PC awarded to Pakistan.

24" A lovely ball from Akashdeep at the Pakistan D but yet again, Indians fail to convert. However, the side is looking a lot more attacking now.

23" Ramandeep takes a sharp shot at goal but the Pakistan goalkeeper makes a fine save to deny him.

20" The Indians link up really well to move deep into the Pakistan D but are unable to convert as the score remains 0-0 after 20 minutes.

18" A fine tackle from M. Irfan denies Ramandeep so much so as a look at goal.

17" Pakistan starts the second quarter with another menacing attempt on goal. The Indian defence looks a tad bit shaky.

-Second quarter begins-


And that marks the end of first quarter. India 0 Pakistan 0

13"
Ramandeep earns India a PC. Can India finish the quarter with a one-goal advantage? Harmanpreet loses the ball from the PC and the scores remain tied.

12" A stinging attacking run from Rizwan results in another PC for Pakistan. Chikte saves the attempt and ensures the scores remain even, as the first quarter nears its end.

11" Abu Bakar's attempt on goal is denied by the post. The Indian defence doesn't look very well-organised so far.

10" Another PC for Pakistan! Will they gain the opening goal advantage in this high-voltage tie?

9" India making frequent moves close to the Pakistan D, but the Pakistan defence holds on to thwart any such advances.

8" A splendid attempt by Pakistan nearly results in a goal. The Indian defence scrambles to clear the shot off the goal-mouth. Pakistan refers a decision for another PC but no luck this time as the decision favors the Indians and Pakistan loses a referal.

7" Pakistan makes an attempt on the Indian goal and a PC is awarded. Can it convert?

3" Both sides start on an attacking note, while India has a larger share of possession.

2" India starts strong and earns a penalty corner within two minutes.  A Pakistan review shows that the ball hit the Pakistani defender above his ankle and hence, no PC for India. Pakistan retains the review.

-First quarter begins-


After a delayed start due to incessant rains, we are finally about to get underway. Sit back, for this is going to be an entertaining game of hockey.

 

High on confidence following its impressive string of performances, an in-form India will look to maintain its unbeaten run when it takes on arch-rival Pakistan in its final Super 4 match of the 10th men's Asia Cup today.

Barring the 1-1 draw against Korea in its first Super 4 match, India has been in red hot form in the tournament, having scored some beautiful field goals and displaying what 
it is best known for, one-touch attacking hockey.

However, the situation is far from rosy for Pakistan as it not only has to beat India by a big margin to stand in with a chance to qualify for the final but its fate will also depend on the result of the other Super 4 match between South Korea and Malaysia.

With one foot in the final, the Indians though cannot afford to take Pakistan lightly as they very well know that irrespective of current form, the result of any India-Pakistan hockey encounter depends on how well the teams handle pressure  and emotions on the turf.

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