PAK V POL ( 1st Round ) WorldHockey World Cup Qualifier (Men)
Match Review PAK - POL 2-3
Pakistan and Poland opened the last day of round-robin play under heavy clouds, but the torrential morning rain stopped just in time for the National Anthems. It took time for the match to gain some structure, both teams initially favoring long runs to try and warm up. Pakistan benefitted early from a harsh penalty-corner but Sohail ABBAS flicked it too high.
With only rare Polish counter-attacks reaching the Pakistani circle, all the pressure was on the Polish defense, well backed by Mariusz CHY?A once again dominant in goal, including on a one-on-one with Akhtar ALI completely alone in front of him. Pakistan were struggling to penetrate the circle and create clean shooting opportunities, even when Poland were reduced to ten players with a green card to Artur MIKU?A. The score was finally opened in the 29th minute by Muhammad WAQAS receiving a jewel of a pass from Rehan BUTT after a decisive run on the right.
Poland had a chance to tie the game in the last minute of the period on a penalty-corner but the flick went inches too high and the break was reached with a meager one-goal lead for Pakistan. The second period started with more momentum. Muhammad ZUBAIR received the ball with his back to the goal and somehow managed to beat the keeper, but the Poles were prompt to react and Artur MIKU?A closed the gap in the 45th minute.
Pakistan could not take control of play and reverted to individual runs to try and find solutions, but to no avail. Tempers started to flare and Poland earned a few penalty-corners but could not manage to control them. They were more efficient in open play and two quick goals by Bartosz ?YWICZKA and Krzysztof KMIE? put them in the lead! With a Pakistani defense totally scattered, Poland nearly increased their lead shortly after, but the there was no more scoring and Poland earned a surprising, but well deserved, win over top ranked Pakistan.
- Match 13
- Date Sat, 7 Nov 2009
- Time 10:30
- Pool/Class 1st Round