Asian Champions Trophy 2021: Harmanpreet scored two goals and India reached the semi-finals after beating Pakistan 3-1

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2021 Asian Champions Trophy: Harmanpreet Singh’s double gives India 3-1 win over Pakistan

Two goals from Vice Captain Harmanpreet Singh helped Olympic bronze medalist India beat archrival Pakistan 3-1 to nearly secure their place in the semifinals of the Asian Champions Trophy (ACT) men’s hockey tournament here on Friday. Harmanpreet converted two penalty corners in the 8th and 53rd minutes, while Akashdeep, who missed the Tokyo Olympic team, scored a field goal in the 42nd minute, his second goal of the tournament, Pakistan’s only goal, Junaid Manzoor, 45. Done in minutes.

This is India’s second victory in the tournament. Before that, Bangladesh had been defeated 9-0. Pakistan is still waiting for its first victory. He played his first game against Japan in a goalless draw. India shared their first match in a 2-2 draw against Korea.

India is currently at the top of the points table with seven points from three games and will face Japan on Sunday in the five-nation tournament to be played in a free-for-all form. Pakistan currently has just one point from two games. India and Pakistan were joint winners in the last tournament played in Muscat. Then the final match could not be held due to rain.

The Indian team completely dominated the first two quarters. Pakistan took a defensive approach and, meanwhile, defended a Harmanpreet shot well. In the first two quarters, the match was played around Pakistan’s goalpost. The Indians pushed with an aggressive approach early on and created a few chances, but Pakistani goalkeeper Mazar Abbas is to be commended for his excellent defense. But India took the expected lead in the eighth minute when Harmanpreet converted the team’s first penalty corner into a goal with a quick move.

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Four minutes later, Abbas stopped a shot by Captain Manpreet Singh from outside the circle. The situation remained the same in the second quarter and the Indians continued to break into the Pakistani defense. The Pakistani defense played a good role, but their front row failed to score a single shot or land a penalty corner. India were up 1-0 at halftime and kept the pressure on Pakistan and doubled their lead in the 42nd minute.

Akashdeep then deflected Sumit’s unit towards the goal with a reverse blow. But Pakistan did not give up hope and played better from here and reduced the goal difference 27 seconds before the end of the third quarter. Then Manzoor had thrown a pass from Abdul Rana to the goal. If the first three quarters remained in the name of India, in the fourth quarter Pakistan presented a difficult challenge. After scoring the first goal, Pakistan took an aggressive approach and secured their first penalty corner in the 47th minute, but it was denied after India received a ‘remission’.

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Pakistan again had two consecutive penalty corners, but Indian goalkeeper Suraj Karkera made excellent defenses both times. Meanwhile, India earned their second penalty corner, which Harmanpreet did nothing wrong by scoring. India got another penalty corner three minutes before the last horn was honked, but was stopped by the Pakistani goalkeeper.

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