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Hockey: Pakistan retain Asian Champions Trophy, Japan win women’s

 

Pakistan won their second successive Asian Champions Trophy, having finished runners-up in the inaugural edition in 2011. Photo: Asian Hockey Federation.

Pakistan won their second successive Asian Champions Trophy, having finished runners-up in the inaugural edition in 2011. Photo: Asian Hockey Federation.

November 11, 2013: Pakistan men and Japan women have been crowned as the winners of the Asian Champions Trophy following victories over Japan and India respectively in Kakamigahara, Japan.

 

Pakistan retained the men’s title they won in Doha last year by defeating Japan 3-1, although they were forced to fight all the way by the hosts.

 

Japan made a fine start to the game by scoring early before second-half goals from Haseem Khan, Muhammad Rizwan Senior and Hammad Butt sealed the victory.

 

Malaysia defeated China 3-1 to win the bronze medal, with Faizal Saari grabbed a brace in the contest and Azammi Abadi also scoring.

 

Japan women defeated India thanks to a solitary goal from Shiho Otsuka, who found the net with a penalty corner in just the second minute of the match. The hosts would have won by a greater margin were it not for some incredible saves from goalkeeper Savita, who kept India in the match until the very end.

 

Malaysia women matched their male counterparts by taking bronze in the four-nations tournament, claiming a surprise victory over China. The Malaysians produced a flawless performance to take the win, with Rabiatul Adawiyah scoring a brace and Noor Hasliza overturning Chen Zhaoxia’s early strike.


Asian Champions Trophy 2013,
Kakamigahara, Japan

Men – Gold: Pakistan; Silver: Japan; Bronze: Malaysia
Women – Gold: Japan; Silver: India; Bronze: Malaysia

 

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