Thursday, 21 October 2021

Pakistan outclass Argentina, register first Champions Trophy victory

NETHERLANDS: Team Pakistan outclassed second-ranked in world hockey Argentina by 4-1 in the Champions Trophy on Thursday.  The Pakistan hockey team earned their first victory in the ongoing Champions Trophy after three consecutive defeats, thrashing Olympic champions Argentina 4-1 in Breda, Holland on Thursday.

The three points gained through this match were the Green Shirts’ first in the last edition of Champions Trophy.

Pakistan’s defence and attack remained well organised throughout and there were some breathtaking moves upfront, especially in the last quarter after the first three quarters were more or less evenly played as both the sides had their fair share of scoring chances and penalty corners.

Argentina equalised in the penultimate minute of the first half through Matias Paredes from close range.

The last 15 minutes saw Pakistan go berserk. They repeatedly tore apart the Argentine defence.

A couple of minutes later, the most delightful goal of the match was seen.

Despite wasting some easy chances, they found the target thrice. Off their fourth penalty corner, Mubashar’s powerful flat push went through the legs of goalkeeper Santiago.

Earlier, Pakistan had lost to India 0-4, Australia 1-2 and Holland 0-4.

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