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Indian Men Hockey Team to take on Pakistan in their quest for gold at the 17th Asian Games 2014

Incheon (Republic of Korea), 1 October 2014Claiming an exciting victory over the Republic of Korea in the semi-final, the Indian Men Hockey team will now go head-on with Pakistan in the finale and fight for the gold at the 17th Asian Games in the Soenhak Hockey Stadium in Incheon, Republic of Korea tomorrow.
 
Showing excellent skills and agility on the field throughout the tournament, the Indian Men Hockey team has proved its mettle and has been successful in carving their way into the final in the Asian Games after a span of 12 years. Continuing the quest for gold, India now readies itself to go head-to-head with Pakistan tomorrow in the final of the 17th Asian Games.
 
Going by the past records, at the 2002 Asian Games when these two teams met, India defeated Pakistan 4-3 in the semi-final and thereafter claimed the silver medal in the tournament by losing to Korea 3-4 in the final. In spite of Pakistan winning the Gold and India finishing third at the 2010 Asian Games, when the two teams clashed in the same tournament at the pool stage, India had successfully secured a 3-2 victory over Pakistan. Having met previously in the 17th Asian Games itself on 25 September 2014, India went down by 1-2 giving Pakistan a tough fight throughout the match. It will be exciting to see the two competing for the Gold medal as India will be seen going out in full throttle on the field to avenge the last match defeat.
 
Speaking ahead of the final against Pakistan, the Indian Men Hockey Team’s Chief Coach Terry Walsh said, “We have made our entry to the final and our organisation and performance will be put to the highest test. Pakistan has their strengths and we will be working hard to capitalise on our strengths and put counters to theirs. This game will be a different contest to the round game. I believe we have the capacity and abilities to produce a quality performance at the right moment in the tournament.”
 
Speaking on the match against Pakistan, the Indian Captain and midfielder Sardar Singh said, “The team is elated about the fact that India has made it to the final of the tournament after a period of 12 years. Considering the defeat against Pakistan in the last match, this final is going to witness a powerful bout from both the sides. It will be a tough match and we are confident to deliver an even tougher fight with positive results this time.”

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