India beat Pakistan to win Junior Asia Cup title

Salalah. The Indian junior men’s hockey team defeated arch-rivals Pakistan 2.0 on Thursday. 1 to win the Junior Asia Cup title for the fourth time. A large number of fans from India and Pakistan had gathered to watch this tournament being held after eight years. In the final moments, Pakistan showed aggressive hockey but the defense led by Indian goalkeeper Mohit HS failed every attack. Angad Bir Singh scored for India in the 12th minute, Arijit Singh Hundal scored in the 19th minute, while Basharat Ali scored the lone goal for the Pakistan team, coached by former India head coach Roelant Oltmans, in the 37th minute.

India has won this title for the fourth time after 2004, 2005 and 2015 while Pakistan has been the champion in 1987, 1992 and 1996. The two teams have met in the finals of the Junior Men’s Hockey Asia Cup thrice earlier. Pakistan won in 1996 while India was victorious in 2004. India beat Pakistan 6.0 in the last tournament played in Malaysia. Won the title by defeating 2. This time the tournament is happening after eight years. It was not organized in 2021 due to the Corona epidemic. India started aggressively and attacked the Pakistan goal in the first quarter itself. Angad Bir got India the first breakthrough in the 12th minute. In the second quarter too, India dominated in terms of ball control.

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Arijit finished off the brilliant move by the Indian forward line with a second field goal in the 19th minute. It was his eighth goal in the tournament.Just before half-time, Pakistan’s Shahid Abdul created a golden opportunity but his shot in front of the goal was deftly saved by Indian goalkeeper Mohit HS. In the second half, the Pakistani team made an aggressive comeback and it paid off in the seventh minute of the third quarter when Shahid Abdul, after passing the Indian defenders from inside the circle, handed the ball to Basharat, who was standing on the right side of the goal, and he beat the Indian goalkeeper and scored. done.

Pakistan got a penalty corner in the 50th minute but the team could not find the equaliser. At the same time, four minutes later, two consecutive penalty corners were found but there was no success. Both India and Pakistan have been unbeatable in the tournament. The two also faced off in the league stage but that match ended in 1. There was a draw from 1. India topped the league stage on the basis of better goal average. Defending champions India beat Chinese Taipei 18-1 in the first match. 0 while Japan was defeated by 3. 1 and Thailand 17. Beaten by 0. In the semi-finals, India defeated Korea by 9. beat by 1. Whereas Pakistan defeated Chinese Taipei by 15 in the league stage. 1, Thailand to 9. 0, Japan 3. 2 and Malaysia in the semi-finals by 6. Was defeated by 2.

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