Pakistan beat South Korea 4-2 in Azlan Shah Hockey Cup

May 6, 2011 9:25 pm0 commentsViews: 1


Asian Games champions Pakistan came alive within the last ten minutes of a Sultan Azlan Shah Cup match Friday, defeating former champions South Korea 4-2 to travel prime of the standings.

Despite trailing the Koreans twice within the match, 3 goals within the previous few minutes turned the tide and gave them full points.

Jubilant team manager K. M. Junaid said it had been a good day for Pakistani hockey because the team played as a family and additional importantly, was able to face up to seventy minutes of fine hockey.

"We are never a 70-minute team and plenty of times we’ve faltered at the later stages of a match. this can be a turning purpose and it shows the mental strength of the players here," said Junaid.

"To return when trailing twice is additionally nice and there’s the actual fact that we tend to managed to attain 3 goals within the last seven minutes. i’m happy and this augurs well for the team," he added.

Surprisingly, it had been the Koreans who were stronger within the 1st [*fr1], scoring an early goal within the thirteenth minute from a penalty corner taken by Hyun Hya-sung. Rehan Butt pulled his team level within the twenty first minute for a 1-1 [*fr1] time score.

The Koreans once more took the lead within the second [*fr1] with Hya-sung scoring within the forty eighth minute with another set piece move however the Pakistanis slowly clawed into the sport and shortly were attacking in bigger numbers.

The turning purpose came within the 63rd minute from their fifth penalty corner when Sohail Abbas scored with a high flick against goalkeeper Lee Myung-ho.

A minute later, youngster Abdul Haseem Khan scored a field goal and Waqas Akbar ended a good day for the Pakistanis with a seventieth minute field goal.

The Pakistanis can face Britain on Sunday whereas the Koreans have New Zealand in their sights.

In the second match of the day, 23-year-old Rupinderpal Singh turned hero for India as he scored the firtst hat-trick of the tournament when defeating Britain 3-1.

A much improved Indian team took to the sphere with Rupinderpal scoring {the 1st|the primary} goal within the tenth minute for a 1-0 first [*fr1] lead and was once more {on target|on track|on course|on the right track|heading within the right direction|not off course} in the fifty fifth and 57th minutes.

James Tindell pulled a consolation goal back for Britain within the 62nd minute.

Indian coach Harinder Singh was happy with the trouble that he said was higher than the primary day.

"The young players had additional confidence within their talents and it showed in the game. it had been an honest result for us and place us back within the fold for a podium end," he said.

India, Britain and South Korea currently have 3 points when 2 matches within the seven-nation meet. Saturday may be a rest day and there’ll be no matches played.

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