Asian Champions Trophy: India beat Pakistan with 3-1

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Muscat: The defender Champions after registering a 11-0 win over hosts Oman in their opening match, defeated the arch-rivals Pakistan with 3-1 victory in the ongoing Asian Hockey Champions Trophy on Saturday.

Goals from captain Manpreet Singh, forward players Mandeep Singh and Dilpreet Singh helped India to register their second consecutive victory in the ongoing tournament.

Pakistan gave a steady start with Mohamad Irfan goal at the end of first quarter. However, the second quarter saw the Indian team bounce back with captain Manpreet scoring a significant goal to equalise the score to 1-1.

Later, India took the lead in the 33rd minute through a field strike from Mandeep Singh.

In the 42nd minute of the game, halfback Lalit Upadhyay managed to make a fine pass to Dilpreet, which the latter meticulously converted into a second goal for India.

The last edition of the tournament saw India remain undefeated as they beat Japan 10-2, drew 1-1 with South Korea, beat Pakistan 3-2, beat China 9-0 and Malaysia 2-1 in the Pool stages while winning their Semi-Final match against South Korea 5-4 in Penalty Shootout.

India had won the inaugural edition in 2011, whereas Pakistan won the 2012 and 2013 editions by defeating India and Japan, respectively, before India won the 2016 edition by beating Pakistan in the final match.

World number five India will next face Japan on October 21.

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