India defeat Pakistan by 4-0 to reach Asia Cup final
23 October 2017, 12:36 | Santos Harmon
India players congratulate Akashdeep Singh after he scored their opening goal. Image courtesy Neeraj Tiwari
India, which won the Asia Cup last time in 2007 in Chennai, scored from field efforts through Ramandeep Singh (3rd minute) and Lalit Upadhyay (29th) to dash Malaysian hopes.
The India vs Pakistan rivalry is no doubt one of world sport's most iconic showdowns, and this time was no different.
India continued to dominate the possession in the first quarter as Malaysia failed to produce any good opportunities.
The Men in Blue started brilliantly, with Ramandeep Singh scoring an early goal, in the third minute. The second goal came from Lalit, who has been in great form throughout the tournament, was finally rewarded in the finals as he gave India a handsome 2-0 lead. The second quarter also saw India produce some outstanding attacking play as they looked to extend their lead.
The Indian midfield have been held well by skipper Manpreet Singh and Chinglensana Singh, while veteran Sardar Singh has done exceedingly well as the central defender and the linkman between the midfield and the forwards.
India will play the final on Sunday at 5:30pm, either against defending champions South Korea or Malaysia who are scheduled to play each other later on Saturday night for the other final berth.
India have scored some lovely field goals in the tournament, displaying what they are best known for, one-touch attacking hockey. "Playing the games in this way, and in this order, helps us protect the sporting principles of the Asian Cup final qualifying round", said Windsor John.
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