LIVE: In a close fight, Pakistan defeat India 4-3

LIVE: In a close fight, Pakistan defeat India 4-3

By: || Updated: 13 Dec 2014 01:59 PM
New Delhi: If it’s India versus Pakistan, one can certainly expect a mouth watering clash. And, as the arch-rivals face each other in the semifinals of the Champions Trophy hockey at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubanewsar. However, in a very close clash, Pakistan defeated India by 4-3.


Here are the live updates:

09:07 PM : Pakistan beat India  4-3 to set up the final clash with Germany of the Champions Trophy


09:04PM: Pakistan make it 4-3


09:00PM: India awarded a penalty corner


09:00PM: Just a few minutes left for the final whistle. What a match this is turning out to be!


08:56PM: Goal!!! Nikkin brings India back into the game. It's 3-3 now.


08:53PM: Imran scores for Pakistan to take 3-2 lead over India. Disappointment for Indian fans


08:48PM: Roelant Oltmans discusses a point with players as India look to clinch a win


08:43 PM: Dharamvir scores it for India


08:43PM: And, a goal!: India bounce back in style, level the scores.


08:40PM: Pakistan defence looking rock solid, but India have still not given up. Sardar's men still trail by 1-2


08:30 PM : Pakistan's Waqas helps his team to lead by 2-1 against India in the beginning of 3rd quarter


08:20 PM: Half time! Pakistan level 1-1 with India 


08:12 PM: After Video umpire, yellow card given to Pakistan's Irfan.  


07:56 PM : End of first quarter. India lead by 1-0


07:55 PM : Pakistan missed chance to score.


07:52 PM: Yellow card for Gurbaj Singh


07:49 PM : It's a goal!  Gurjinder converts penalty corner into a goal.


For Pakistan it’s a chance to win the fourth Champions Trophy (CT) title.


On Friday, India captain Sardar had told ABP News that their main objective is not to concede last minute goals. When, the ball gets rolling in Bhubaneswar, Roelant Oltmans’ boys will be desperate to turn the tables on Pakistan in a packed stadium.


But then, it’s not going to be a walk in the park for either of the sides. Pakistan coach Sheikh Shahnaz has time and again made it clear that his team will need to improve the fitness level in order to tackle India at home.


“We are working hard and will surely play to win. However, having played many international matches in the past couple of years, India's fitness has improved immensely but Pakistan lack in this field because we have not played any international tournament for almost a year and a half,” he said.


The two teams locked horns at the Asian Games in October, where riding on goalkeeper PR Sreejesh’s performance, India tamed the opponents to clinch gold. In sports, there’s no place for history; so as India and Pakistan gear up for the semifinal clash, their target will be to register a big win in order to set up a Champions Trophy final date with Germany.

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