Sports Desk, Amar Ujala, Dhaka
Published by: Shaktiraj Singh
Updated to Friday, 17 December 2021 3:52 PM IST
By the end of the second quarter, India were leading 1-0. Harmanpreet of India scored the only goal of the match.
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India make their debut against Pakistan in the Asian Champions Trophy. By the end of the second quarter, India were leading 1-0. Harmanpreet of India scored the only goal of the match. He converted a penalty corner to give India the lead. So far, India have dominated the match. Pakistan’s record against India in this tournament is good, but Pakistan is not looking for rhythm in this match. If India wins this match, they will reach the semifinals.
The Indian team made a comeback after the first match
Olympic bronze medalist India did not get off to a good start in the tournament. The first match gave Korea a chance to make a comeback and eventually the match ended in a 2-2 draw. However, in the next match against Bangladesh on Wednesday, Team India seemed to change completely and won the one-sided match 9-0. The Indian team dominated from start to finish. Captain Manpreet Singh played a key role in the midfield while the Indian defenders, led by Harmanpreet, performed well.
Both teams played in nine finals at the Asiad
India and Pakistan have previously met in seven Asian Games hockey finals. They played a total of nine finals against each other at the Asian Games, in which Pakistan won seven and India won two gold medals. The two countries reached three consecutive Olympic finals from 1956 to 1964. India won twice and Pakistan won once.
The last time the two teams met was in the Asian Champions Trophy League stage, where India won 3-1. The Indian team has scored 11 goals so far in two matches against Korea and Bangladesh. India topped the points table with four points. Pakistan finished fourth after a goalless draw with Japan.