|August 5th, 2012|
|20||Pool A||10:45am||PAK - RSA||5 - 4 (3 - 3)||Final||x 19|
Nine goals were scored in this match played under heavy rain, with the score seesawing between the two teams.
South Africa were not deterred by the rain coming down heavily on the Riverbank Arena and a swift combination in the 3rd minute found Thornton Mcdade alone in the circle. He took his time to adjust a shot to beat Imran Shah in the Pakistani goal and open the scoring. Pakistan tried to get away from the South African pressure, mostly with long runs by Shakeel Abbasi, but it took them 15 minutes to have their first opportunity on goal, a penalty-corner, but Sohail Abbas’s low flick was coolly handled by Erasmus Pieterse in the South African goal.
In the 20th minute, Abdul Haseem Khan was at the conclusion of a decisive circle penetration by Shafqat Rasool to cap a period of domination for Pakistan and tie the game. A flurry of scoring suddenly ensued. South Africa regained the lead with a penalty-corner by Justin Reid-Ross, Pakistan equalized in the next breath by Shafqat Rasool, very active today, before taking the lead very soon after by Abdul Haseem Khan!
South Africa forced a penalty-corner with a few seconds left on the clock and Justin Reid-Ross made no mistake to score his second penalty-corner of the match to tie the game at 3-3 going into the half-time break.
In the opening minutes of second period, with rain still pouring down heavily and spectators fleeing the stands for cover, Wade Paton intercepted a clearance from the Pakistani goalkeeper to slam the ball in goal and put back South Africa in the lead 4-3! Pakistan pushed the South African defense on their heels during most of the period, creating some excellent chances. Shakeel Abbasi had a golden opportunity when he received a cross in front of the empty goal but the ball bounced over his waiting stick. Just after, a shot by Shafqat Rasool was miraculously saved by a diving Andrew Cronje.
It seemed only a matter of time for Pakistan to find the target and, with six minutes left on the clock, they earned a penalty-corner and this time Sohail Abbas slotted his flick in the top corner to tie the score at 4-4, setting up an intense finish of match.
Finally, in the 67th minute, Waseem Ahmad found the ball in a goalmouth scramble to give the lead back to Pakistan. They managed to keep it until the end to record their second win of the competition, while the South African were totally dejected to have let the win slip away from their grasp, leaving them at the bottom of Pool A with only one point.
Rehan BUTT (PAK)
On Pakistan's performance: "It was a really exciting game. Our boys are doing very well, we are playing good attacking hockey, but our goalkeeper has had a bad day. Today, we gave credit to our forward line because they did not give up."
On Pakistan's next match against Australia on Tuesday at Riverbank Arena: "We now have seven points and three teams have the same number of points. It's a do-or-die game against Australia. Our spirits are very high."
Erasmus PIETERSE (RSA)
On the match: "We are very disappointed on the outcome of the match. It all came down to small mistakes that we made in our own circle. We were not tight enough in our circle. We were disappointed that there were a couple of scrambled goals against us. We should have tightened up at the back. We controlled a lot of the game but lost. We have pride in our defence pattern but small errors cost us deeply. Losing a match like this was very disappointing."
On their strategy: "The team has come a long way in the past. We go out and play for our country. There are a bunch of champions in the team. We play for South Africa and there are a bunch of champions in the team and it is our biggest drive in the team, playing for South Africa."
On preparations for their next match against Argentina on Tuesday (7 August): "We have to tie up a couple of things. We will look at the video and prepare. We came out here and we desperately wanted to do well."
Justin REID-ROSS (RSA)
On losing the match: "I'm frustrated. It's been the story for us of the competition so far. We've come close and throughout the games we've played we just haven't quite managed to get the results. Frustrated really sums it up."
On showing real fight on the pitch: "Naturally, as a South African culture, we are fighters. We come on playing hard and we're not going to stand back for anyone. Against a volatile side like Pakistan there's always about to be a little bit of a niggle in a game. A few of the guys came up second best. We came out fighting and really gave ourselves the opportunity to come away with three points there."
On the rainy conditions: "Difficult conditions. The pitch does get very slow when it's pouring down like that, but it held up pretty well. It does make it really difficult to string passes together and really connect with your team. At the end of the day we created the opportunities and put them away."
Andrew CRONJE (RSA)
On the defeat: "To have put as much as we just did in, and not get the result is obviously very tough. I've said it to you before, this is probably going to be the fourth time I'm saying it again, but if we don't take our chances when they present themselves we put ourselves under pressure. On the other side if we don't defend what you should be defending, and you're not tight enough on your defensive D then you're going to get hurt at this level and especially at this tournament, and again we've got it slightly wrong on key occasions."
On his goalline diving save to keep the scores level at 4-4: "I'll do anything. I'll throw myself at it and do whatever it takes for my country. Fortunately for me I got a stick on it, but with not a lot of time left on the clock we let it slip and that's not acceptable at this level."
On South Africa's results in the tournament: "It has (been the same story) each game. We're playing some good hockey and defending well and happy with the chances we're creating, but we just seem to be coming out each time on the wrong side of the scoreline. It's really frustrating and hurting us at this tournament. We're giving it a full go, we really are, but we just need to be a lot more clinical at crucial times in matches."
On their remaining matches: "We need to jump straight back on it. We want to win three points in our next game. I don't know where it leaves us in our pool, but we've got two games left and we have to win them both, and now we're going to be focusing on doing just that."
|August 05th, 2012 at 4:39 am||Match between Pakistan and South Africa just about to start at the Riverbank Arena in London|
|August 05th, 2012 at 4:39 am||Umpires for PAK vs. RSA are Marcelo SERVETTO (ESP and Colin HUTCHINSON (IRL)|
|August 05th, 2012 at 4:40 am||Pakistan have so far won against Argentina (2-0), tied Spain (1-1) and lost against Great Britain (1-4)|
|August 05th, 2012 at 4:40 am||South Africa have so far tied with Great Britain (2-2), and lost to Australia (0-6) and Spain (2-3)|
|August 05th, 2012 at 4:47 am||Thornton Mcdade opens the scoring for South Africa in the 3rd minute of play. PAK-RSA: 0-1|
|August 05th, 2012 at 4:51 am||Rain is pouring heavily on the Riverbank Arena in London...|
|August 05th, 2012 at 4:54 am||Green card for Andrew Cronje (RSA)|
|August 05th, 2012 at 5:07 am||Abdul Haseem Khan equalizes after Shafqat Rasool worked the ball in the circle. PAK-RSA: 1-1|
|August 05th, 2012 at 5:09 am||Penalty-corner for South Africa on a penalty-corner by Justin Reid-Ross. PAK-RSA 1-2|
|August 05th, 2012 at 5:11 am||Shafqat Rasool equalizes for Pakistan on the next action. PAK-RSA: 2-2|
|August 05th, 2012 at 5:13 am||Abdul Haseem Khan puts Pakistan ahead. PAK-RSA: 3-2|
|August 05th, 2012 at 5:22 am||Green card for Muhammad Umar Bhutta (PAK)|
|August 05th, 2012 at 5:25 am||Justin Reid-Ross scores again on penalty-corner, his 2nd of the match, to tie the game at 3-3 just before half-time.|
|August 05th, 2012 at 5:32 am||Rain is still pouring heavily and steadily in London. The (uncovered) Media Tribune is flooded...|
|August 05th, 2012 at 5:38 am||Wade Paton scores to put back South Africa in the lead 4-3!|
|August 05th, 2012 at 5:58 am||Plenty of action but no more goals. Still PAK-RSA: 3-4|
|August 05th, 2012 at 6:00 am||Golden opportunity for Shakeel Abbasi receiving a cross in front of the empty goal bu the ball bounces over is waiting stick.|
|August 05th, 2012 at 6:06 am||Sohail Abbas slots a penalty-corner high to tie the score at 4-4. 5 minutes left in the match.|
|August 05th, 2012 at 6:09 am||Waseem Ahmad finds the ball in a goalmouth scramble to put Pakistan ahead. PAK-BEL: 5-4 with 2 minutes to go.|
|August 05th, 2012 at 6:12 am||Match over. Pakistan came from behind in the end to win a goal fest over South Africa 5-4|