Thu, 31 May 2012 22:59:32 GMT

India defeat Pakistan 2-1 in Azlan Shah Hockey tournament

India’s big grip over Pakistan in major sporting events continues as the national hockey team registers a solid win over their arch rivals in the ongoing Azlan Shah event. Despite the win, India failed to make it to the finals due to uninspiring performances early on in the tournament


India defeat Pakistan 2-1 in Azlan Shah Hockey tournament

Ipoh (Malaysia): India relied on a penultimate-minute goal by striker S V Sunil as they beat arch rivals Pakistan 2-1 in a thrilling match of the Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament here today. Sunil made a diving effort to push the ball into the goal in the 69th minute to clinch the issue for India and keep themselves in the hunt for a podium finish.

Sardar Singh created the opening with his defence-splitting pass to the right and Sunil capitalised on the chance. India, who are already out of contention for a final berth, had earlier opened the scoring in the 30th minute through Sandeep Singh's penalty corner conversion while Pakistan equalised through a penalty corner goal by skipper Sohail Abbas in the 59th minute.

The victory gave India a chance to stay in the hunt for the bronze medal match. India collected nine points from their six round-robin league matches and now await the other results to know who would be their opponent in the play-offs for final positions.

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