Pakistan wins Asian Hockey Champions Trophy
Pakistan were the highest-ranked team in the competition as world number eight.
KAKAMIGAHARA (Web Desk) - Defeating Japan in the final match 3-1, Pakistan lifted the Asian Champions Trophy 2013 in Kakamigahara, Japan on Sunday.
Defending champions Pakistan had enjoyed a smooth campaign as they defeated Oman (8-0), China (5-1) and Malaysia (1-0) before facing a challenging task against India. However, their archrivals were pipped 5-4 as the greenshirts successfully booked their berth in the final.
Pakistan were the highest-ranked team in the competition as world number eight, while India (11th) and Malaysia (13th) were also touted as the teams to beat before the tournament.
Pakistan led the group stage with 15 points whereas Japan gathered 10 points to qualify for the final; they both won three out of their five matches.