(Hockey) India, Pakistan qualify for round robin of Asia Cup
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October 15: The Indian men's hockey team continued their winning run at the ongoing Asia Cup 2017 as they defeated their arch rivals Pakistan 3-1 in a high-voltage Group A encounter in Dhaka on Sunday. Much to Pakistan's disappointment Harmanpreet Singh had scored for Indian in the 45th minute giving India the lead of 3-0.
India had qualified for the Super 4s following their 7-0 win over hosts Bangladesh on Friday itself, and topped their pool with nine points from three matches.
Where can one live stream and watch online India vs Pakistan in Asia Cup? This was India's fifth consecutive win against Pakistan in all tournaments. India lead 1-0.
Q2 23'min: Once again a brilliant save from Indian goalkeeper, India maintain their lead 1-0 vs Pakistan. Despite the result, Pakistan are in the top four along with India from Pool A. From Pool B, South Korea and Malaysia are in the semi-finals. A long pass from right midfield from Harmanpreet at the Pakistan post was touched by an unmarked and diving Ramanpreet in the 43rd minute.
On continuing their winning streak against Pakistan this year, India skipper Manpreet Singh said, "Yes we are happy about winning the match but we didn't play our best game". "We started the match pretty well and earned a few penalty corners".
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Later, after having missed an open goal only seconds earlier, Akashdeep Singh was at ease when he worked a flawless pass from S.V. Sunil to put the ball past Bangladeshi goalkeeper Abu Nippon to double India's lead in the 10th minute.
# But they missed the opportunity again. India had defeated Japan 5-1 in their opening match and then mauled minnows Bangladesh 7-0 in their second encounter of the tournament. Akashdeep Singh stole a ball in the left midfield and played it to a surging Chinglensana, who raced to the top of the circle before unleashing a powerful drive to make it 1-0.
Two minutes later, the Indian goalkeeper made another great save from a fierce shot from open play as he was kept busy by Pakistan's attack towards the latter stages of the second quarter.
However, in the final quarter Pakistan, who were trailing 0-3, came hard on the Indian defence in search of goals.