Pakistan’s win over Malaysia sets stage for Indo-Pak final
Pakistan defeated Malaysia in the semi-final of Asian Champions Trophy that earned them a place in the final of the tournament against the arch-rivals, India.
Pakistan and Malaysia had their scores tied with 1-1 that took the game to shootout, where Pakistan’s goalkeeper proved to be too good to beat for hosts. The final score of shootout remained 4-2.
Khawaja Junaid said after the win, “Penalty shoot-out is anybody’s game. We are very lucky to be in the fourth consecutive final. We had a weak side when we came here.”
“Final is a game of nerve. Team who plays good hockey will win. Team who keeps his structure will win,” he told about facing India on the big occasion.
Earlier in the match, Malaysia took just 18 minutes to score their first goal with the courtesy of Shahril Saabah.
However, Pakistan scored an equalizer in the 34th minute of the game when Abdul Khan netted the ball for his team.
Pakistan are the defending champions and they will look to retain the title against India on Sunday at 5:30 PST.