India beat Pakistan 3-1 to storm into the summit clash of the fourth men’s Under-18 Asia Cup hockey tournament in Dhaka today.
India took the lead in the seventh minute through Shivam Anand’s strike.
It was the Indians who were more clinical in front of the goal, as three minutes from half time they doubled their lead through a penalty corner conversion by Dilpreet Singh (32nd minute).
After the change of ends, India continued to assert their supremacy and controlled the possession.
Soon India earned another penalty corner and from the resultant effort secured a penalty stroke but Waqar, in front of Pakistan goal, saved the try to keep his side in the game.
Within minutes though, Nilam Sanjeep Xess (46th) converted another penalty corner to give India a comfortable 3-0 lead.
Pakistan managed to pull a goal back through Amjad Ali Khan (63rd) but it proved to be too little too late as India held on to emerge 3-1 victorious.
India will meet hosts Bangladesh in the final tomorrow.
Soon after the win, Sports Minister Vijay Goel took to twitter to congratulate the Indian colts for their triumph over Pakistan.
The win by Indian teen hockey players has coincided with the reports of Indian army conducting surgical strikes across the LoC.
Twitter users were quick to dub the win as another surgical strikes with “Pakistan 3-1” trending for several hours.
Here are some reactions:
Hockey U-18 Asia Cup: India Defeat Pakistan 3-1 In Dhaka
— Sir Jadeja fan (@SirJadejaaaa) September 29, 2016
— T S Sudhir (@Iamtssudhir) September 29, 2016
The retribution extends to Hockey Field too, India defeat Pakistan 3-1 in Dhaka in #Hockey U-18 Asia Cup
— Sriram (@srirambjp) September 29, 2016
Another drubbing to Pakistan today after #SurgicalStrike. Indian under-18 Hockey team defeats Pakistan 3-1 at Dhaka. Reaches final.
— Chetan Bragta (@chetanbragta) September 29, 2016
India beats Pakistan in U-18 Hockey Asia Cup by 3-1. This is second time in a day they have beaten them so brutally. #IndiaStrikesPak
— Smoking Skills HMP (@SmokingSkills_) September 29, 2016
Hockey U-18 Asia Cup: India defeat Pakistan 3-1 in Dhaka.. lol another #SurgicalStrike on Pak
— मेहरान MUFC🇮🇳 (@mehranzaidi) September 29, 2016