Azaz Ahmad, who scored only one goal in Pakistan's last six matches in the tournament, netted a brilliant hat-trick, scoring in the 10th, 30th and 36th minute. The last one was a lovely solo effort. Drag-and-flick specialist, Abu Mahmood netted his fifth goal in the tournament, with all of them coming from penalty corners, two minutes into the third quarter while Rashim Mehmood and Yaqoob Muhammad added one apiece in the 26th and 56th minute respectively. This is the first time South Korea participated in the Asia Cup and failed to finish among the top three teams. The four-time champion didn't take part in the inaugural edition in 1982. On the other hand, this was the third time three-time champion Pakistan emerged third in the Asia Cup after 1994 and 2013.
.@TheHockeyIndia are the champions of Asia!Third #AsiaCup title for India #INDvMAS #Hockey #AsiaCup2017 pic.twitter.com/ue0vZlQ7Af — ESPN India (@ESPNIndia) October 22, 2017
Meanwhile, Bangladesh's Arshad Hossain was adjudged the most promising player of the tournament. Malaysian attacker Faizal Saari bagged the best player of the tournament award. Indian custodian Akash Chikte became the best goalkeeper of the tournament. Faizal and Harmanpret jointly became top-scorers of the tournament with seven goals each. RESULTS India 2 (Ramandeep 3, Lalit 29) 1 Malaysia (Saabah 50) Pakistan 6 (Azaz 10, 30, 36, Rashim 26, Abu 47, Yaqoob 56) 3 South Korea (Cho 20, Lee 43, Seo 55) AWARDS • Arshad Hossain (Bangladesh) – Most promising player • Faizal Saari (Malaysia) – Best player • Akash Chikte (India) – Best goalkeeper • Faizal (Pakistan) and Harmanpreet Singh (India) – Top-scorers
CHAMPIONS! ??? INDIA WIN HOCKEY ASIA CUP! pic.twitter.com/AuwPSEcSGR— Express Sports (@IExpressSports) October 22, 2017