India’s men’s hockey team beat rivals Pakistan 2-1 in the bronze medal playoff at the Asian games. Akashdeep Singh (3rd minute) and Harmnanpreet Singh (50th) scored for 2014 edition champions India, while Muhammad Atiq (52nd minute) scored for Pakistan, who had finished runners-up in the previous edition. India shook off the disappointment of losing to Malaysia in the semi-finals as they got off to a flying start, with Akashdeep giving them an early lead. Lalit Upadhyay ran to the left byline before cutting it back to an unmarked Akashdep, who put the ball in the net with a quick slap.
India dominated the match from the onset. However, in the second and third quarter Pakistan looked the better side creating chance one after the another but failing to make it count. Experienced campaigners Umar Bhutta and Atiq Muhammad in particular did well for Pakistan but Varun Kumar and Amit Rohidas did well to hold the Indian defense. India, on the other hand played through counter attacks but gave away possession through too many sloppy passes. The final quarter looked evenly poised as both teams played end-to-end hockey creating chance after chance and subsequently giving away penalty corners.
Congratulations to the Team.