Pakistan lose to India in Asian Games final

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)

Pakistan lost a thrilling Asian Games Hockey final to India on a penalty shootout.

The match was leveled at 1-1 at the end of regulation. Muhammad Rizwan Sr scored first for Pakistan minutes after the start and Indian Kothajit Singh equalized in the second quarter of play.

Millions of fans in both nations were glued to their television screens for the title clash which earned India a ticket to Rio de Janeiro and the loser left facing a hazardous qualification route.

India and Pakistan last met in an Asiad final way back at New Delhi in 1982 where the Indians suffered a stunning 1-7 rout in front of their home fans that included then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

In Beijing in 1990 when Pakistan claimed the gold and India the silver, there was no final since the winner was decided after a round-robin league.

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