India ‘Shoot Out’ Pakistan To Win Hockey5s Asia Cup; Naveen, PM Laud Men In Blue
New Delhi: Rain played spoilsport in the blockbuster cricket clash between the traditional rivals, but India found a way to tame Pakistan in hockey.
Battling for supremacy in the inaugural Men’s Hockey 5s Asia Cup final at Oman’s Salalah, India came from behind to pip Pakistan 2-0 in the penalty shootout on Saturday night.
India, having trailed 2-3 at half-time, forced a shootout after levelling scores at 4-4 in regulation time.
India converted both penalty strokes, while Pakistan players missed theirs.
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik congratulated the Indian boys and wished them continued success.
Congratulate Indian Men’s Hockey team on winning Gold in Hockey 5s Asia Cup 2023 final after registering victory against Pakistan. May the Indian Team continue its winning streak and make the nation proud. Wish them all the best. #OdishaForHockey https://t.co/7lChRY0u84
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) September 2, 2023
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also applauded the efforts of the Indian team, and praised the unwavering dedication of the players.
Champions at the Hockey5s Asia Cup! !
Congratulations to the Indian Men’s Hockey Team on a phenomenal victory. It is a testament to the unwavering dedication of our players and with this win, we have also secured our spot at the Hockey5s World Cup in Oman next year.
The grit… pic.twitter.com/ayDKqdY2UM
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 3, 2023