Pakistan prevailed on penalties against Malaysia to secure a place in the final of the Asian Hockey Champions Trophy in Muscat.
The two teams had met in their final group match two days ago in Oman’s capital city, with Pakistan emerging as 1-0 winners.
The narrow gap between the teams suggested the semi-final could prove an equally tight affair at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex.
Malaysia looked to gain revenge and began the brighter, with Faizal Saari giving them a 1-0 advantage.
A strong response from Pakistan saw the match swing in their favour, as Irfan Jr, Abu Mahmood and two goals from Aleem Bilal gave them a 4-1 lead.
Their lead evaporated in the second half as Malaysia scored three goals without reply, which forced the match into a shoot-out.
Pakistan held their nerve to win the shoot-out 3-1 and book their place in tomorrow’s final.
Pakistan pulls off one of the most dramatic victories as they beat Malaysia by 3 to 1 after the Shootout! Pakistan is in the Final of the Asian Champions Trophy 2018 #AsiaHockey #MensHockey #HeroACT2018 pic.twitter.com/yavNsxh8cH— Asian Hockey Federation (@asia_hockey) October 27, 2018
India, who topped the standings at the end of the round robin event, faced the challenge of Japan in the second semi-final.
Japan, the surprise winners of the Asian Games, hoped to spring another surprise.
The two teams finished the first half level at 1-1.
India would eventually edge their opponents in the second half, as they emerged as 3-2 winners.
South Korea and Oman both failed to reach the semi-finals, but hoped to end their campaigns on a high when they contested the fifth place play-off.
South Korea were able to secure a 3-1 win.