Owen G Glenn Champions Trophy Auckland 2011
Auckland, New Zealand - December 3 - 11, 2011

PAK V KOR ( Pool D ) Owen G Glenn Champions Trophy Auckland 2011

PAK
6 - 2
KOR

Match Review PAK - KOR 6-2

Rasool inspires Pakistan to big win over Korea
Pool D – Pakistan 6-2 Korea

A four goal blitz in the second half gave Pakistan a confidence boosting 6-2 win over Korea in the first match of Day 4 here at the Owen G Glenn FIH Champions Trophy in Auckland. Following an evenly fought first half that finished 2-2, Pakistan attacker Shafqat Rasool produced an inspirational display to score one goal and set up two others as the Asian champions achieved their first win of the tournament. The win puts Pakistan onto three points in Pool D, and keeps alive their hopes of a fifth place finish.

Pakistan were forced to sit deep in the early stages of an enthralling first half as Korea relentlessly pressurized the Asian champions. Hyo Sik You and Hyun Woo Nam both missed very good opportunities early in the game before Nam Yong Lee showed great composure to drift past Pakistan keeper Imran Shah before flicking into an unguarded net in the seventh minute of the match.

Conceding the goal seemed to spark Pakistan into life, and soon hit back when Muhammad Imran launched a stunning penalty corner flick into the roof of the Korean goal in the fifteenth minute. The intense Pakistan pressure resulted in a second goal just minutes later thanks to Abdul Haseem Khan, although Khan’s cross-shot appeared to be travelling well wide of the target before taking a big deflection from the stick of Korea captain Jong Bak Cha and flying into the goal.

Just as it seemed that Pakistan were going to take a firm grip on the game, the momentum again switched back in the favour of the Koreans. A volley from Jong Ho Seo travelled fractionally wide of the target ahead of the Korean equalizer, which came courtesy of a low penalty corner drag-flick from Hyun Woo  Nam seven minutes ahead of the half time break.

Much like the first half, Korea bossed the start of the second period. However, impressive Pakistan defending thwarted the Koreans on numerous occasions. However, the tide turned when a defensive error was almost punished by the irrepressible Shakeel Abbasi, whose goal-bound shot was deflected just wide of the target by Korea’s Nam Yong Lee. It proved to be a pivotal moment, as Pakistan once again grabbed the initiative and set about the task of claiming all three points.  

Pakistan took the lead in the 60th minute thanks to a brilliant round-the-back deflection from Abdul Haseem Khan, a goal that was made courtesy of some incisive play by Shafqat Rasool. Rasool was again in the thick of the action three minutes later when his goal-bound flick hit the body of a Korean defender on the goal line, resulting in a penalty stroke which was expertly dispatched by Waseem Ahmed before Rasool grabbed a goal of his own less than 60 seconds later to make the score 5-3. The rout was completed by Mohammad Imran, who scored his second of the game with another well placed penalty corner flick.

 

  • Match 13
  • Date Thu, 8 Dec 2011
  • Time 12:05
  • Pool/Class Pool D
  • Venue

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