|December 6th, 2012|
|15||Quarterfinal||12:30pm||GER - PAK||1 - 2 (1 - 0)||Final||x 39|
Germany – Pakistan 1-2 (1-0 halftime)
Pakistan earned a spot in the 2012 Champions Trophy semi-finals after stunning defending Olympic Champion and World #1 Germany in a 2-1 decision in today’s quarterfinal. Is it the first time since 2004 that Pakistan finds itself in the hunt for a medal at the Champions Trophy. On the other side of the coin, this is the second consecutive time that Germany has missed the semi-finals at the annual event.
Shakeel Abbasi was the man of the hour for Pakistan. He fired in both Pakistan goals in the surprising win.
Pakistan was simply the better team in today’s game, generating more scoring chances and chipping away at the tough German defense, which found itself on duty for much of the 70 minutes. The Germans managed just one shot in the first half, but they made it count as veteran Moritz Fuerste, one of only three players from the 2012 golden Olympic team in Melbourne, gave the Germanys a 1-0 lead nine minutes into action.
Pakistan was not put off by the goal and maintained its pressure on the German net. Admittedly not all of the scoring chances were impressive, but it put Pakistan in a better position to get the odd penalty corner chance.
Pakistan’s persistence finally paid off when Abbasi scored a picture-perfect goal four minutes into the second half on a follow-up play after a penalty corner opportunity to even things up at one. Abbasi struck again with 20 minutes to go on in the half after he put in another second-effort goal after a penalty corner. The key goal went to video review, but it was ruled a valid goal and Pakistan climbed out to its first lead of the game.
The lead endured through an action-packed 20 minutes as Germany found itself two men up in the last two minutes but unable to get the equalizer as Pakistan earned their semi-final spot.
Pakistan will take on the winner of the Netherlands vs. New Zealand match in Saturday’s semi-final.
|December 05th, 2012 at 7:39 pm||Welcome to quarterfinal Thursday in Melbourne. Germany and Pakistan are set to battle for the first semi spot|
|December 05th, 2012 at 7:45 pm||Captain Mo Fuerste gives Germany the 1-0 lead nine minutes into action|
|December 05th, 2012 at 7:47 pm||Just a reminder to all fans -- you can watch all CT games live for free on the FIH TV channel. Enjoy!|
|December 05th, 2012 at 8:05 pm||Pakistan with some chances, but nothing too threatening for the Germans so far -- 8 to go in the first half|
|December 05th, 2012 at 8:27 pm||In 35 minutes we'll have our first 2012 CT semi-finalist. It's up fro grabs with GER holding slim 1-0 lead|
|December 05th, 2012 at 8:28 pm||Pakistan's chances finally pay off Abbasi nets the equalizer four minutes into the half with a picture perfect goal|
|December 05th, 2012 at 8:38 pm||Pakistan with its 3rd pc chance of the half. 21 minutes to go into the game and Pakistan with most of the chances|
|December 05th, 2012 at 8:41 pm||Abbasi strikes against for Pakistan on a second effort after the initial penalty corner strike. Pakistan now leads 2-1|
|December 05th, 2012 at 8:56 pm||With seven to go in the game, Pakistan is is position to pull off a major upset against World #1 Germany. PAK leads 2-1|
|December 05th, 2012 at 9:00 pm||PC chance for Germany -- it's do or die time with 3 minutes left for the Olympic champs down 1-2 v. PAK|
|December 05th, 2012 at 9:01 pm||Fuerste has a miscue and loses control of the ball on the flick. Can Pakistan hold onto the 2-1 lead for 2 more minutes?|
|December 05th, 2012 at 9:03 pm||Pakistan is in the Champions Trophy semi-finals for the first time since 2004! They earn the spot after a 2-1 win v. Germany|