|December 9th, 2012|
|23||Bronze||1:30pm||PAK - IND||3 - 2 (1 - 1)||Final|
Bronze Medal Game
Pakistan – India 3-2 (1-1 halftime)
Pakistan earned its first medal at a Champions Trophy since 2004 after topping India 3-2 in an even and hard-fought bronze medal game. It is Pakistan’s seventh bronze medal at the annual event and their 15th overall. The loss leaves India still looking for its first medal since 1982, but nevertheless after a six-year absence at the Champions Trophy the fourth-place finish can be considered a major success.
The anticipation was high for the match as the continental rivals were meeting for their first Champions Trophy medal in years. The teams entered the game as equal adversaries with a 6-6 all-time record at the Champions Trophy and were once again so evenly matched that the game was too close to call until the final horn blew.
“This win means a lot to us,” said Shakeel Abassi after the win. “We haven’t had a medal at the Champions Trophy since 2004, so it is great to be back in the top three.”
The teams exchanged goals in the first half. India took the quick 1-0 lead when VR Raghunath scored on a penalty corner just seven minutes into action. Pakistan had an answer when they got on the board with 14 minutes left in the half. Muhammad Rizwan Sr. found himself alone at the top of the D and fired in a bullet of a shot to tie the game at one.
Pakistan took its first lead of the game top open the second half scoring when Shafqat Rasool settled a bouncing pass and hit it in from point blank range to give the Green Shirts the slim one-goal lead.
India’s strong defense in the second half came up big and kept Pakistan from extending the lead further, keeping the game a nail-biting affair. Muhammad Ateeq sealed the Pakistan win in the three minutes left in the game with a penalty corner goal. It proved to be the game-winner as India put in a penalty corner marker after time expired to bring the final score to 3-2.
|December 08th, 2012 at 8:17 pm||15 minutes to go before rivals India and Pakistan face off for the bronze medal -- get ready for a thriller!|
|December 08th, 2012 at 8:19 pm||This will be umpire David Gentles' last game before retirement -- what a way to go out for one of the game's best!!|
|December 08th, 2012 at 8:37 pm||Full house, sunny skies. the stage is set for a thriller bronze medal game between India and Pakistan -- enjoy!|
|December 08th, 2012 at 8:46 pm||India takes the 1-0 lead when VR Raghunah puts in his second goal of the tournament on a pc.|
|December 08th, 2012 at 9:02 pm||Pakistan ties the game at 1 with 14 left in the half when Muhammad Rizwan Sr. fires in the equalizer from the top of the D|
|December 08th, 2012 at 9:18 pm||India and Pakistan battle to a 1-1 draw in the first half -- the bronze is up for grabs in the last 35 minutes!|
|December 08th, 2012 at 9:30 pm||Second half is underway and India given an immediate pc chance, which is saved by Pakistan.|
|December 08th, 2012 at 9:35 pm||Pakistan takes its first lead of the game Shafqat Rasool takes a bobbling ball, settles it and fires in the 2-1 goal|
|December 08th, 2012 at 9:47 pm||About 15 minutes left in the game. The bronze is truly up for grabs as this is a very even battle. Pakistan leads 2-1|
|December 08th, 2012 at 10:04 pm||One minute to go and Pakistan is on the road to bronze after putting in the 3-1 goal.|
|December 08th, 2012 at 10:07 pm||India puts in a pc goal as time expires, but it doesn't change the outcome as Pakistan takes bronze! First medal since '04!|