BHUBANESWAR: Pakistan hockey team on Saturday defeated arch rivals India by 4 goals to 3 to reach final of the Champions Trophy hockey tournament against nine-time champion Germany.
Earlier, Olympic champion Germany knocked out five-time defending champion Australia 3-2 in the first semi-final.
The two former hockey giants reached the Champions Trophy semi-finals as a controversial format helped them .
Instead of rewarding performances in the preliminary league, all eight teams were assured of reaching the quarter-finals – a round which turned the tournament on its head, and left some teams quietly fuming.
The top four teams in the league — England, the Netherlands, Argentina and Belgium — were all knocked out in Thursday’s round of eight, while the bottom four sailed through to the semi-finals.
In the most thrilling match of the tournament today, India took the lead in first quarter by Gujindra’s goal. However, Pakistan came back strong in the second quarter and leveled the game when Arsalan Qadir scored in 16th minute.
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Pakistan then in the beginning of third quarter took the lead through Waqas Sharif’s goal. However, Dharamveer equalised the scoreline in 44th minute.
Mohammad Irfan’s 49th minute goal then gave Pakistan a 3-2 lead again, which was later tied by Theema.
In the final thrilling moments, Pakistan scored its fourth goal to win the semi-final against the rivals.