Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, accompanied by Princess Anne (R), is seen cheering after a goal by Britain against Pakistan during the menâ€™s Group A hockey match at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Riverbank Arena on the Olympic Park in this August 3, 2012 file photograph. Britainâ€™s Prince William and his wife Catherine are expecting a baby, the princeâ€™s office said on December 3, 2012.
The Pakistani menâ€™s field hockey team defeated India 3-2 in the 3rd/4th playoff, in the Champions Trophy competition in Melbourne this week to take the bronze medal. This was Pakistanâ€™s first Champions Trophy medal since 2004. And it was the first time that India had gone without a medal in the tournament in thirty years.
â€œIt was a very important match for us because for the past eight years we havenâ€™t won a medal at the Champions Trophy,â€ said Pakistanâ€™s Shakeel Abbasi. â€œSo for us this is a gold medal because after such a long time between winning medals, but also winning against India, for me and my team and for Pakistan this is a gold medal.â€
India dominated the match early and scored first. But Pakistan eventually worked their way back into the game, evening the score with a goal from Muhammad Rizwan. Pakistan continued to control the play after half-time, scoring twice more through Shafqat Rasool and Muhammad Ateeq to set up a commanding lead. India continued to fight until the end, scoring a penalty corner goal through Rupinder Pal Singh at the final buzzer.
Pakistanâ€™s surprising run through the tournament included a 2-0 shutout over Belgium, as well as a 2-1 upset win over Germany in the quarterfinals, before succumbing to Australia in the semifinals.