|August 9th, 2012|
|32||7/8||11:30am||PAK - KOR||3 - 2 (1 - 2)||Final||x 4|
Pakistan charges back from two deficits to take seventh place
In Sohail Abbas’ 350th international match, Pakistan found their form in the second half ending their London campaign with a narrow victory over continental rivals Korea.
A Muhammad Imran penalty corner launch with nine minutes to play gave Pakistan their first and only scoreline advantage of the match.
The first half yielded circle penetrations for both teams, Shafqat Rasool found himself on the receiving end of a liberating pass from Muhammad Rizwan Sr, but he seemed to close his own angle to goal allowing Myung Ho Lee to block with ease.
Korea attacking from both endlines with Sung Hoon Yoon and Nam Yong Lee faced a blockade of green shirts that brought on a series of crosses that were only slightly more effective.
With five to play in the half, an attack through the middle found Hye Sung Hyun open for an easy touch at the right post giving Korea short lived lead. Muhammad Waqas replied emphatically within a minute with a resounding strike. Korea would not be denied their half time advantage as another Hyun tally at the end of a scramble survived a Pakistan team referral.
Pakistan held the advantage in the second half, Abdul Haseem Khan finding his own rebound off of Lee and calmly lifted the equalizer over the prone keeper. Korea pressed forward but was unable to find space in the crowded attacking quarter.
Imran’s winner came just after a similar drag flick from Sohail Abbas temporarily injured Lee in the Korean goal and perhaps limited his mobility on the decisive strike.
Pakistan leaves London with a seventh place finish and the consolation of being the highest ranked Asian team in the competition.
|August 09th, 2012 at 5:16 am||Match for 7th-8th (men) between Pakistan and Korea just about to start at the Riverbank Arena in London|
|August 09th, 2012 at 5:16 am||Umpires for PAK vs KOR are Marcelo SERVETTO (POL) and Simon TAYLOR (NZL)|
|August 09th, 2012 at 5:18 am||Both teams finished 4th in their respective pools|
|August 09th, 2012 at 5:19 am||Pakistan is ranked 8th in the FIH World Rankings|
|August 09th, 2012 at 5:19 am||Korea is ranked 6th in the World Rankings and will finish below their entry rankings|
|August 09th, 2012 at 5:38 am||Very quiet game so far. PAK-KOR 0-0 after nearly 10mn|
|August 09th, 2012 at 5:48 am||Muhammad Rizwan Sr. finds Shafqat Rasool alone on the right of the circle but he misses the ball when shooting...|
|August 09th, 2012 at 5:51 am||Play is getting more animated now, with chances at both ends. Still no goal though between PAK and KOR after 22 mn|
|August 09th, 2012 at 5:56 am||Muhammad Rizwan Sr. dribbles through the whole Korean defense but keeps the ball just a bit too long and runs out of space|
|August 09th, 2012 at 6:00 am||Double deflection for Korea by Oh Dae Keun then Hyun Hye Sung to open the scoring. PAK-KOR 0-1|
|August 09th, 2012 at 6:01 am||Pakistan equalizes in the next breath by Muhammad Waqas! PAK-KOR 1-1 with 4 minutes to play in the period|
|August 09th, 2012 at 6:05 am||Pinball sequence in front of the PAK goal. The ball is hit by multiple players, rebounds on the post, then inside the goal.|
|August 09th, 2012 at 6:05 am||KOR goal stands after the video-referral: the ball was IN the goal when batted out by a defender. PAK-KOR 1-2|
|August 09th, 2012 at 6:08 am||3 goals in the last 5 minutes. PAK-KOR 1-2 at halftime. The match can go either side in second period|
|August 09th, 2012 at 6:27 am||Abdul Haseem Khan picks up his own rebound to lift it over the Korean goalkeeper and equalize. PAK-KOR 2-2 with 25mn to go|
|August 09th, 2012 at 6:36 am||Match very balanced now between Pakistan and Korea. Will we go to overtime?|
|August 09th, 2012 at 6:37 am||Golden opportunity for Rehan Butt receiving a ball alone in front of goal from Shafqat Rasool, but he cannot control it|
|August 09th, 2012 at 6:38 am||Lee Myung Ho is suddenly under intense pressure in the Korean goal. PAK-KOR 2-2 with 15mn to go|
|August 09th, 2012 at 6:44 am||Penalty-corner for Pakistan! Sohail Abbas' flick is saved by the keeper, but another penalty-corner is given to PAK.|
|August 09th, 2012 at 6:47 am||On the penalty-corner, Abbas fakes the flick but the ball is ripped into goal by Muhammafd Imran. Pakistan takes the lead 3-3|
|August 09th, 2012 at 6:48 am||Penalty-corner for Korea immediately after the Pakistani goal!|
|August 09th, 2012 at 6:49 am||Lee Seung Il shoots wide. PAK-KOR 3-2 with 6 minutes to go.|
|August 09th, 2012 at 6:50 am||Pakistani Captain Sohail Abbas is playing today in his 350th international match!!|
|August 09th, 2012 at 6:51 am||Another penalty-corner for PAK. Unsuccessful. PAK-KOR 3-2|
|August 09th, 2012 at 6:53 am||Sohail Abbas scored 348 goals in his 350 international matches. Amazing!|
|August 09th, 2012 at 6:55 am||Less than one minute between Pakistan and Korea. PAK still leading 3-2|
|August 09th, 2012 at 6:57 am||Game is over. Pakistan win 3-2 over Korea and finish one spot higher than their entry ranking|
|August 09th, 2012 at 6:58 am||Korea will be disappointed with their 8th place, 2 spots below their entry rankings|