Pakistan beat India to secure bronze at Hockey Champions Trophy 2012.Pakistan won their first Champions Trophy medal since 2004 on Sunday, beating India 3-2 in the bronze medal play-off, depriving their arch-rivals of their first medal in more than 30 years.
Pakistan came back from a aim down to beat India winning the bronze-medal match of the Champions Trophy 2012 in Melbourne on Sunday.Muhammad Rizwan senior, Shafqat Rasool and Mohammad Atiq scored a aim each to help Pakistan secure third place in the match.India began as the stronger team, drawing a penalty corner in the opening minutes as the ball came off the foot of a Pakistani defender.Pakistan beat India by the same score in the bronze medal showdown at Lahore eight years ago.
The aim was converted by VR Raghunath and India had all the momentum.However, Pakistan finally worked their way back in to the game, drawing level with a field aim from Muhammad Rizwan Senior on 21 minutes.India continued to fight until the finish, scoring a penalty corner aim through Rupinder Pal Singh as the final siren sounded.Pakistan continued to control the play after half-time, scoring two times more through Shafqat Rasool and Muhammad Ateeq to set up a commanding lead.
Pakistan Shakeel Abbasi said the bronze was as lovely as winning gold.
It was a important match for us because for the past eight years they won a medal at the Champions Trophy, Abbasi said.
Indian midfielder Yuvraj Walmiki said despite losing, his team would take a lot away from the match.So for us this is a gold medal because after such a long time between winning medals, but also winning against India, for me and my team and for Pakistan this is a gold medal.But they are mournful that regrettably they couldnt get bronze.Coming out from the London Olympics they completed 12th and now at the Champions Trophy, after the Olympics and World Cup, it is of the top tournaments so finishing fourth is a lovely achievement, Walmiki said.
Pakistani champion Shakeel Abbasi said the bronze was as good as winning gold. He was declared best player of the tournament.So for us this is a gold medal because after such a long time between winning medals, but also winning against India, for me and my team and for Pakistan this is a gold medal.
Pakistan beat India by the same score in the bronze medal showdown at Lahore eight years ago.