Continuing unbeaten streak at the tournament, India beat arch-rivals Pakistan 4-2 on penalties in the Final of the inaugural Asian Champions Trophy (Men’s) in Ordos, China. Both teams played an attacking game but failed to find the target in stipulated time of 70 minutes and extra time of 15 minute, and result of the match had to be decided by penalties. Pakistan reached the final after drawing with India in the final round robin match and were leaders in the final points table with 10 point while unbeaten India were second 9 points.
In the tie breaker, Rajpal Singh, Danish Mujtaba, Yuvraj Walmiki and Sarvanjit Singh, while Gurvinder Singh Chandi could not score in his attempt on Pakistan’s Goalie Imran Shah. The tie-breaker was a one on one between the striker and the goalkeeper, Striker had to starts from the 23 meter line and was given only eight seconds to score. This way of tie-breaker is known as Penalty Shoot-out and it is in testing phase by FIH.
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India started the shoot-out on a wrong note after Pakistan goalkeeper Imran Shah saved Gurwinder Singh Chandi’s shot. Sreejesh then defended Haseem Abdul Khan’s shot and Danish Mujtaba’s sounded the board as India led 1-0. Pakistan equalised with Muhammad Rizwan but Indian captain Rajpal Singh converted to give the team a 2-1 lead. Sreejes made another crucial save as he stopped Shafqat Rasool and Yuvraj Walmiki made it 3-1 for India. Pakistan veteran Waseem Ahmed made it 3-2 but Sarvanjit Singh struck the final shot to ensure the win for India.