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Asian Champions Trophy 2023: India vs Pak Hockey


Sports  •  10 Aug, 2023  •  1,21,003 Views  •  ⭐ 4.5

Written by Anand Swami


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India and Pakistan renewed their hockey rivalry on Tuesday at the Major Radhakrishnan Stadium in Chennai in the last league match of the Asian Champions Trophy 2023. India, who had already qualified for the semi-finals, showed no mercy to their arch-rivals and hammered them 4-0 to top the group and set up a clash with Japan in the last four. Pakistan, who needed a draw to secure their semi-final berth, were knocked out of the tournament by the hosts. Here are some highlights from the match

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Harmanpreet Singh’s Brace

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The Indian captain led from the front and scored two goals from penalty corners in the first and third quarters. He showed his drag-flicking skills and accuracy as he beat the Pakistani goalkeeper twice with powerful shots. He also became the joint top-scorer of the tournament with six goals.

Jugraj Singh’s Stunning Goal

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The young forward scored a sensational goal in the second quarter to double India’s lead. He received a pass from Nilakanta Sharma on the right flank and dribbled past two defenders before unleashing a reverse hit that flew into the top corner of the net. It was his third goal of the tournament and one of the best in the competition.

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Akashdeep Singh’s Solo Effort

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The experienced striker added to Pakistan’s misery in the fourth quarter with a brilliant solo effort. He intercepted a pass from a Pakistani defender near the half-line and ran towards the goal with speed and skill. He dodged past three defenders and slotted the ball past the goalkeeper with a calm finish. It was his fourth goal of the tournament and sealed India’s win.

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