Asian Giants India and Pakistan will face Netherlands and Australia in Semis of Champions Trophy

India and Pakistan, entered in the 2012 edition of prestigious FIH Champions Trophy on wild cards, have reached to semi finals of the tournament. The Asian giants will now face world number 2 and 3 sides, Australia and Netherlands respectively.

P T Rao

P T Rao

In quarter finals, Kookaburras defeated England 2-0 while Pool A topper Netherlands knocked New Zealand out of medal contention thus 3 teams of Pool A made to semis while only India from Pool A stayed in medal contention. Australia and Netherlands are looking for 5th consecutive title and 3rd medal in a row respectively.

On the way to semi final, the lowest ranked team in the competition, India finished as pool topper even after losing to Olympics Champions Germany. India, then defeated world number 8 side Belgium 1-0, who are appearing in the Champions Trophy for the first time. Belgium qualified for Champions Trophy as the winners of Champions Challenge 2011, where they defeated India (4-3) in the final in Johannesburg, South Africa. Continue reading →