India's hockey team gifted the country on Diwali its second Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament title after defeating arch foes Pakistan 3-2 in the final at the Wisma Belia Hockey Stadium in Kuantan on Sunday.
India's two second-half goals from Rupinder Pal Singh (18th minute) and Affan Yousuf (23rd) were cancelled out by Aleem Bilal (26th) and Ali Shan (38th) but Nikkin Thimmaiah (51st) scored the winner for the reigning Asian Games champions.
Amid the diplomatic feud between the two countries who are erstwhile hockey masters, the result of the match bore much more significance than the title.
And both the teams lived up to the expectations of the highly-anticipated clash. However, it was India who started the match brightly as Pakistan looked defensive at the beginning.
Twitter exploded in praise for the Indian hockey team who became the champions of Asia after scoring 30 goals in the tournament and without losing a single game. The nation who rejoiced a victory over arch rival Pakistan, hailed the victory as the 'perfect Diwali gift.' Here are some of the best reactions from the Twitter
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 30, 2016
CHAMPIONS!!! India beat Pak 3-2. Well done Team India #ACT2016
— Viren Rasquinha (@virenrasquinha) October 30, 2016
Congratulations Team India. Well done. 👏👍 #INDvPAK
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) October 30, 2016
— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 30, 2016
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) October 30, 2016
— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 30, 2016
Superb Diwali gift by our Men's team @TheHockeyIndia to d nation by defeating Pakistan in the finals & winning Asian Champions Trophy title
— Rani Rampal (@imranirampal) October 30, 2016
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 30, 2016
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) October 30, 2016
— Lt. Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) October 30, 2016
India in #ACT2016
-S Korea 1-1
Semi- bt Korea 5-4 (pen)
Final - bt Pak 3-2.
Unbeaten, 30 goals.
— jigar mehta (@jigsactin) October 30, 2016
— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) October 30, 2016
— Paresh Rawal (@SirPareshRawal) October 30, 2016
A heartwarming Diwali gift from the Indian Hockey Team. Congratulations on being crowned Asian Champions. We are immensely proud of you!
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) October 30, 2016
— Anjum Chopra (@chopraanjum) October 30, 2016
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) October 30, 2016
— Tottenham Hotspur (@Spurs_India) October 30, 2016
— Vijay Goel (@VijayGoelBJP) October 30, 2016
— Dept of Sports MYAS (@IndiaSports) October 30, 2016
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) October 30, 2016
A gift from Indian Hockey team to nation. Congratulations Team India for winning Asian Champions trophy #ACT2016
— Lalu Prasad Yadav (@laluprasadrjd) October 30, 2016
— Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) October 30, 2016
Updated Date: Oct 30, 2016 21:29 PM