The final of day league stage of 2nd Asian Champions Trophy 2012 at Doha turned out to be exciting one as results of all three matches were important in deciding the 2nd finalists after India had already qualified for it.
In the first match China defeated Oman (6-1) to register their 3rd victory in the tournament to take themselves on 2nd place in points temporarily. Then Pakistan defeated (5-2) Japan after seesawing first half which ended up on equal terms (2-2) and climbed to second place in the table.
Pakistan had taken early lead through Muhammad Waqas in 1st min and Japan replied with two penalty corner goals in 8th and 23rd minute through Heita Yoshihara and Toshiro Tachibana respectively to bring out smiles on the faces of Malaysian fans. But evergreen Shakeel Abbasi scored equalizer for the green shirts a minute before the half time hooter. Continue reading
With four consecutive wins from as many matches, defending champions India have confirmed their place in the final of 2nd Asian Champions Trophy, Doha. The other finalist will be known only after completion of final league match of the tournament being played at Al Rayyan Hockey Stadium, Doha, Qatar.
In their fourth match India beat (2-1) world number 5 side Pakistan to book a place in final, while China stunned Malaysia (4-2) to not only deny Malaysia 2nd place in points table but also kept themselves in competition.
China stand a mathematical chance to make it to the final against India to be played on 27th December, which is possible if 16th ranked Japan beat Asian Champions Trophy 2011 runners up and 2012 FIH Champions Trophy Bronze Medalists Pakistan or hold them for draw, also India win or draw against Malaysia in last league match of tournament after China record a victory over Oman in the first match on 26th December. Continue reading
World number 13 side, Malaysia held the favorites Pakistan for a 3-3 draw to keep their chances alive for a place in final of Asian Champions Trophy 2012, being played at Doha (Qatar).
In the meanwhile, India has reached the top of the table, with 3 wins from as many outings including big win (11-0) against lowest ranked team in the competition, Oman (Current FIH Ranking 36), 3-1 and 4-0 wins against Japan and China respectively. Continue reading
New Delhi, 23 December 2012: India registered their third consecutive win in the 2nd Asian Champions Trophy being played at Doha, Qatar. India defeated Oman 11-0 in their third match of the tournament on Sunday.
SV Sunil Scored a brace for India
India scored through SV Sunil (3rd and 44th minute), Dharamvir Singh (8th minute and 56th minute), VR Raghunath (30th and 38th minute Penalty Corner), Rupinder Pal Singh (33rd and 43rd minute Penalty Corner), Akashdeep Singh (53rd minute Penalty Corner), Harbir Singh (65th minute Penalty Corner) and Danish Mujtaba (67th minute). Continue reading
New Delhi, 21 December 2012: VR Raghunath’s brace helped India beat Japan 3-1 and won their second match of the 2nd Asian Champions Trophy in Doha on Friday.
VR Raghunath Scored a Brace for India
India earned their first penalty corner in 22nd minute with the help of Birendra Lakra and Gurvinder Singh Chandi, which was successfully converted into goal by Vice-Captain VR Raghunath and took the lead in the first half of the match.
Japan earned two consecutive penalty corners in the first half but Indian defenders ruined both of their opportunities. Continue reading
New Delhi, 20 December 2012: India started their campaign on a winning note in the 2nd Asian Champions Trophy being played at Doha, Qatar. India defeated China 4-0 in their opening match of the tournament on Thursday.
India scored through SV Sunil (13th minute), VR Raghunath (17th minute Penalty Corner & 52nd minute Penalty corner) and Birendra Lakra (53rd minute).
A fine field goal by SV Sunil in the 13th minute and a penalty corner conversion by Vice-Captain VR Raghunath in the 17th minute gave India 2-0 lead at the halftime. Continue reading