PAK V POL ( ) Hockey World League Semi-Final Antwerp 2015
2014 Champions Trophy Silver medallists Pakistan edged out brave Poland 2-1 in an absorbing contest that brought an entertaining first day of the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals in Antwerp to a close.
The Greenshirts dominated the early stages of the match and took a deserved lead against the qualifiers from HWL Round 2 when Muhammad Irfan slammed a penalty corner drag-flick into the bottom right corner after just four minutes.
However, Poland’s defence tightened up and reduced their opponents to rare chances, with Shafqat Rasool going closest to adding to the Pakistan tally just before half time. Poland goalkeeper Maciej Pacanowski produced two tremendous saves in the third quarter, showing cat-like reflexes to deny both Rasool and Muhammad Dilber to keep his team in the game going into the final quarter.
Pacanowski came up with another fine save to from a Muhammad Imran penalty corner flick before Poland’s Pawel Bratkowski slammed home ferocious penalty corner of his own to tie their scores with nine minutes to play.
Pakistan were not to be denied, however, with Muhammad Waqas showing a poacher’s instinct to force the ball home from close range to give his side all three points.
Poland’s Bartosz Zywiczka, who suffered a head injury in the match, is reported to be doing well.
“The first match is always difficult and Poland played a very physical game”, said Pakistan’s Rashid Mehmood. “We are pleased to win but we feel we should have converted so many more of our chances.”
- Match 02
- Date Sat, 20 Jun 2015
- Time 20:00
- Venue KHC Dragons