|March 2nd, 2010|
|08||Pool B||6:30pm||PAK - ESP||2 - 1 (1 - 0)||Final|
The second game of the day started at full speed, with both teams pleasing the crowd with fast attacking moves that swept the whole length of the pitch. There were some hot situations in front of Francisco CORTES in the Spanish goal, but the defense managed to clear. After fifteen minutes of furious back and forth attacking, the tempo somewhat abated, both teams neutralizing each other before entering the shooting circle.
Taking advantage of some havoc in the Spanish circle, Pakistan finally scored in the 30th minute by Abdul Haseem KHAN from a difficult angle and with a little help from a Spanish defender who deflected the ball in goal. In sharp contrast with the high scoring first game, these two teams in attacking mood could not generate more goals and the score remain 1-0 at half-time.
Rehan BUTT had a golden opportunity early in second period when he arrived alone on the left of the circle but his shot rolled in front of the goal. Spain had a chance on penalty-corner well defended by Pakistan and the two teams continued to neutralize each other in an entertaining display of attacking hockey.
Spain finally scored on their 5th penalty-corner of the game in the 65th minute, their broken option ending in a wild scrum in front of a stranded Salman AKBAR and David ALEGRE managed to push the ball in the net. Pakistan replied immediately and forced a penalty-corner, Abdul Haseem KHAN deflecting in goal the initial shot by Sohail ABBAS. The Pakistani, supported by the roaring crowd, hanged on for dear life and seemed relieved to see the end of the game with the three points of the win.
Match facts (Pakistan v. Spain):
> Pakistan beat Spain 2-1 to collect their first victory at Delhi 2010 and their 8th win over Spain in WC competition.
> Pakistan have are now unbeaten in their last 3 competitive matches against Spain. They also beat Spain at the 2007 CT (2-0) and drew 2-2 at the 2002 World Cup.
> Abdul Haseem Khan scored twice to lead Pakistan to victory. The last player to score multiple goals in a World Cup match for Pakistan was Muhammad Zubair vs NZL in 2006 (20 goals.)
> David Alegre scored the equaliser. He also scored for Spain in the match against South Africa.
> Both Spain and Pakistan are now on 3 points from 2 matches at the 2010 World Cup.