Pakistan to face India in Champions Trophy final

Pakistan thrashed Japan in their final league match

Pakistan brushed aside Japan 5-2 in the last pool game of the Asian Hockey Champions Trophy on Wednesday to set up a final clash against India in Doha, Qatar.
 
Abdul Haseem Khan and Waqas Sharif scored twice each as Shakeel Abbasi scored one goal to guide the Greenshirts to a comprehensive victory. However, Pakistan’s fate was dependent on the result  of the match between Malaysia and India.
 
Malaysia, who did not reach the final despite a 5-3 win over India, needed to win by a margin of four goals or more to qualify.
 
The tournament comprised six top teams from Asia – Pakistan, China, India, Oman, Malaysia and Japan.
 
Pakistan thrashed Oman in their opening match 8-3, followed by a 5-2 win over China, a 3-3 draw against Malaysia and lost 2-1 to India who they had beaten to clinch the bronze medal at the Champions Trophy earlier this month.
 

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