India registered their first win in the 3rd Men’s Asian Champions Trophy, as they defeated Oman 3-0 in their third league match at the Kakamigahara, Japan today. In the other matches of the day, Pakistan pipped Malaysia by 1-0 with a penalty corner goal in the last-minute, while China defeated hosts Japan by 3-1.
India opened the scoring against the run of play in the 19th minute when a lapse from Oman defense allowed Akashdeep Singh into the circle and he made no mistake in finding the target for India, who have fielded their junior squad in the Asian Champions Trophy in a bid to prepare for next month’s Hero Hockey Junior World Cup in Delhi.
India scored their second goal in 30th minute as Prabhdeep Singh made a fine run on left flank before sending a cross into rival D. The cross came off the stick of Faiz Helmi, which was collected nicely by Talwinder Singh to score and double the lead for his side. At the lemon break, India lead 2-0 against 36th number side in the world.
India’s third goal came through Amit Rohidas in 62nd minute, when converted penalty corner for his side.
The Champions of 2011 edition and finalists of 2012, India, will now face their neighboring arch-rivals and defending champions Pakistan in their next league match on 7 November 2013 in the 3rd Asian Champions Trophy. (Detailed schedule here)
The Pakistani side is on right track for defending their title of Asian Champions Trophy and is only team to stay unbeaten in the competition after 3 playing 3 matches to top the pool. Japan and China have won two of their three matches while Malaysia and India have won only one matches each. Oman is yet to earn a point in the tournament.