GBR V PAK ( QF 2 ) Hockey World League Semi-Final Antwerp 2015

GBR
2 - 1
PAK

Match Review GBR - PAK 2-1

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Great Britain battled to a 2-1 quarter-final win over Pakistan’s Greenshirts to book their place in the 'final four' of the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals in the second match of the day in Antwerp.

A stunning goal from Chris Griffiths coupled with Alastair Brogdon’s poachers’ effort proved to be enough for victory, edging Great Britain one step closer to achieving qualification for the showpiece Hockey World League Final and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The result sets up a semi-final meeting with Australia, who conquered Ireland earlier in the day, with both teams knowing that a top three finish comes with a guaranteed ticket to Rio.

Pakistan will now play Ireland in the 5-8 classification positions, with a fifth place finish providing the best possible chance of reaching Rio after the conclusion of the Continental Championships later this year.

Great Britain took the lead in explosive fashion, with Griffiths smashing home a thunderous backhand strike in off the crossbar from a seemingly impossible angle before the ever-influential Ashley Jackson provided the perfect cross for Brogdon to double the advantage before the end of the first quarter.

Pakistan rallied hard and created numerous chances, with Ali Shah firing over the crossbar in the second quarter but had to wait until the fourth period to get themselves back into the game. Umar Bhutta was the scorer, finishing at the second attempt to set up a frenetic ending to a high-paced encounter. Muhammad Waqas came closest to grabbing an equaliser, but Great Britain shot-stopper George Pinner stood strong to deny the strike from the right and seal a crucial win for his country.

“We made it tough in the end, i think first half we were really good, felt in control and if we had got another goal ahead it would have been hopefully by a few more”, said Great Britain delighted GB captain Barry Middleton. “Obviously when you are only 2-0 up and playing a team like Pakistan, who commit players forward, they are going to make it tough but I thought we defended really well.”

Pakistan captain Muhammad Imran said: “I think we put all of our efforts into it but we were unlucky we didn’t score with our chances, but we have other games and it is important that we try to finish fifth.”

Goals

Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
GBR 4 25 GRIFFITHS Chris FG 1 - 0
GBR 9 11 BROGDON Alastair FG 2 - 0
PAK 48 8 BHUTTA Muhammad Umar FG 2 - 1

Cards

Team Minute Shirt # Player Type
PAK 3 14 RIZWAN JR. Muhammad G
GBR 35 25 GRIFFITHS Chris G
GBR 50 6 WEIR Henry Y

GBR

Minute Shirt # Name Goals Green Yellow Red
X
1 PINNER George
Bench
2 BAILEY James
6
6 WEIR Henry 1
X
7 JACKSON Ashley
6
9 MARTIN Harry
6
11 BROGDON Alastair 1
X
12 HOARE Michael
4
13 WARD Sam
X
14 GLEGHORNE Mark
X
16 DIXON Adam
X
18 MIDDLETON Barry
6
21 WHITEMAN Tim
X
22 CONDON David
X
24 LEWERS Iain
3
25 GRIFFITHS Chris 1 1
X
26 CATLIN Nick
X
27 FOX Dan
X
30 AMES David
  Team Manager HALLIDAY Andy
  Head Coach CRUTCHLEY Bobby
  Stand-In Manager RALPH David
  Assistant Coach BLEBY Jon
  Physiotherapist SAWKINGS Julia
  Medical Doctor WILKES Graeme

PAK

Minute Shirt # Name Goals Green Yellow Red
X
1 BUTT Imran
X
2 IRFAN Muhammad
X
3 IMRAN Muhammad
4
4 BUTT Ammad Shakeel
6
5 TOSEEQ Muhammad
X
7 WAQAS Muhammad
7
8 BHUTTA Muhammad Umar 1
X
9 MEHMOOD Rashid
X
10 RASOOL Shafqat
X
11 SHAN Ali
Bench
12 ABBAS Mazhar
6
13 SHAH Syed
X
14 RIZWAN JR. Muhammad 1
X
15 RIZWAN SR. Muhammad
X
16 AHMED Fareed
6
17 YAQOOB Muhammad
X
19 DILBER Muhammad
7
21 ALI Muhammad
  Medical Doctor ABBAS Asad (Dr.)
  Video Technician UMRAO Syead Abuzar
  Head Coach SHAHNAZ Sheikh
  Team Manager KALEEM Muhammad Danish

DNP = Did not participate
S = Suspended
DSQ = Disqualified

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire 1 PULLMAN Tim
Umpire 2 VAN EERT Roel
Reserve Umpire GREENFIELD Gareth
Video Umpire SIMMONDS Gary
Judge 1 WARRIS Rogier
Judge 2 SHARMA Anjali
Technical Officer DECKENBROCK Christian
  • Match 23
  • Date Wed, 1 Jul 2015
  • Time 15:30
  • Pool/Class QF 2
  • Venue KHC Dragons

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