|October 31st, 2009|
|02||Round-Robin||1:30pm||PAK - ITA||5 - 0 (1 - 0)||Final|
Pakistan camped in the Italian defensive zone from the opening whistle and created multiple opportunities, but scrambled some good chances (including their first penalty-corner) and rookie Italian goal-keeper Davide GUIDA denied them the rest of the times. They pleased the crowd with some fancy stick work but tried to make the difference individually, and were pushed back by the well regrouped and composed Italian defense.
It finally took a penalty-corner in the 31st minute for Sohail ABBAS to open the score, much to the relief of the boisterous flag waving Pakistani fans in the stands. The Italian nevertheless maintained their structure and reached the break with only the one goal deficit.
Early in the second half, Davide GUIDA made a superb save to deny Sohail ABBAS on his second penalty-corner attempt, but could not do much on the next attempt, this time by Muhammad IMRAN. With the floodgates now opened, the Italian resistance declined slightly and Pakistan scored three more goals, but the Italian players never gave up and should receive credit for their strong resistance to a much more experienced team.
Pakistan were never in danger in this game, but they might be unhappy with some of their untidy plays in the first half and with some of their wasted opportunities.