India defeated Pakistan 4-0 in the final group stage match at the Asian Champions Trophy on Wednesday night with an impressive performance. Harmanpreet Singh, the team’s captain, scored twice, both times from penalty corners. Jugraj Singh also contributed to the scoreboard in the third quarter by successfully converting another penalty corner. With a tap-in of a ball from Mandeep in the dying seconds, Akashdeep Singh put the icing on the cake.
Captain Harmanpreet Singh scores twice as India defeats Pakistan 4-0 in the Asian Champions Trophy 2023
In their final group-stage match against Pakistan at the Asian Champions Trophy on Wednesday night, India put on a commanding performance. India came out on top after the initial group-stage matches, while Pakistan dropped out.
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Harmanpreet Singh, India’s captain, scored twice from penalty corners as a prevailing India demolished Pakistan 4-0 on Wednesday to keep their hockey team’s perfect record in the Asian Champions Trophy intact.
India dominated Pakistan in the match
As they had already qualified for the semifinals before the game, India played with assurance and utterly dominated Pakistan, who were constantly playing catch-up. Just before the end of the first quarter, Harmanpreet gave India the lead by scoring the squad’s first penalty corner with an excellent low flick to the left of Pakistan custodian Akmal Hussain.
India triumphs 4-0
India defeats Pakistan 4-0 to end the group stage competition at Chennai’s Mayor Radhakrishnan Stadium. Harmanpreet Singh, the captain of India, scored twice, and Jugraj Singh and Akashdeep Singh each scored once. After the 4-0 beating, Pakistan is out of the competition.
About the match
In the 23rd minute, India earned their second penalty corner, and Harmanpreet registered a ferocious drag-flick between Akmal’s legs for Pakistan. In the 30th minute, India kept up their attack on Pakistan’s defense with relentless assaults, earning consecutive penalty corners, but Harmanpreet missed both.
However, the Indians requested a video review at the second opportunity, claiming that a Pakistani player’s foot prevented the ball from going into the goal. The video referee, however, denied the home team’s request.
At the half, India was up 2-0 on Pakistan. India earned their third penalty corner six minutes into the third period, and this time, Jugraj Singh converted it perfectly to give the home team a comfortable 3-0 lead. In the 43rd minute, Pakistan obtained their second rare penalty corner but squandered the chance.
When Akashdeep Singh redirected Mandeep Singh’s target in the 55th minute, India increased their lead to 4-0. India received five penalty corners and scored on three of them.