Goalless Pakistan lose to Korea 4-0 in Azlan Hockey

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South Korea registered their first win in four matches as they thrashed the much-fancied Pakistan 4-0 at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament on Monday. Setting a brisk pace, the South Koreans benefited from Pakistan’s erratic strikers, who missed chances galore in the first half.
Nam Hyun-Woo, who converted two penalty corners for the Koreans, opened the scoring in the 18th minute on their second penalty corner.
Pakistan came back strongly with nice field work, but Muhammad Waqas pushed a shot wide after getting a cross in front of an open goal.
Pakistani skipper Sohail Abbas then came close to equalising from their first penalty corner when his shot hit the edge of goalkeeper Lee Myung-Ho’s pads and deflected on to the post before rebounding into play.
Abbas had an off day in office on Monday as he failed to penetrate the Korean defence on all four penalty corners that Pakistan earned in the game.
Striker Shafqat Rasool then failed to establish control of a diagonal ball inside the circle with an open goal in front. Nam again shot on target in the 44th minute to make it 2-0 for South Korea.
As Pakistan’s game wilted under pressure, You Hyo-Sik increased the lead in the 55th minute after getting a through pass inside the circle.
Hyun Hye-Sung then rounded off South Korea’s scoring in the 62nd minute from a diagonal pass.
Down 0-4, Pakistan pressed hard and managed to earn two late penalty corners late in the game but on both the occasions, Abbas failed to produce the desired the result.
Inspite of the embarrassing defeat, Pakistan’s coach Khwaja Junaid defended his team.
“It’s disappointing, but we managed to match the energy levels of the Koreans and generated several chances. However, we failed to score goals. This is a grey area we need to work on,” Junaid said.
“Like in the game against New Zealand, we conceded goals by individual mistakes,” he said.
“We were unlucky to miss sitters. We cannot survive if we keep doing that in international hockey.”
South Korea now have four points from four games, while Pakistan have three from as many matches.
New Zealand lead the table with nine points from three games.
Meanwhile in the second match of the day, Mathias Paredes scored two goals as Argentina pulled off an upset 3-2 victory over Great Britain.
The defeat of Great Britain, the highest ranked team in the tournament at world number 4, has opened up the event and the fight for the top two spots that will secure a place in the final.
Paredes opened the scoring in the eighth minute when he picked up a rebound from goalkeeper James Fair to shoot home.
Ashley Jackson, who converted two penalty corners for Great Britain, shot wide on the first penalty corner. Then Rob Moore shot wide after collecting a pass on top of the circle.
Jackson was on target with his penalty corner flick that went in off the goalkeeper’s stick four minutes into the second half, but Paredes again put Argentina ahead in the 42nd minute after receiving a long pass from Agustin Mazzilli.
Argentine striker Lucas Cammareri made it 3-1 by shooting on target in a crowded circle.
Great Britain’s efforts to bounce back were frustrated by Argentina’s sound defence.
Jackson managed to reduce the lead with another penalty corner goal in the 65th minute, but Argentina held fort to secure their second win in four matches.
This victory lifted Argentina to six points, having defeated South Korea on Sunday, while Great Britain have four points from three matches.

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  1. Khawaja Junaid is like a younger brother and son of a very respected family friend. But now his repeated rehtoric of saying looking into grey areas, finishing the job, meeting the energy level and improved field work is not enough.Junaid just simply admit that the team is not capable of meeting the level of other teams. International hockey standard has gone up and our standard has declined. Coaches can do so much.Akhrar Bahi and you Junaid have done your job,the team has not reponded.May be in the rest of three matches they will bounce back,but going back to the glory days it takes consistency and mental approach.I hope PHF look into bringing back the players who tried to make some money by playing WHS in India.With the present lot and adding those players team may do better.Akhtar Bahi, Hanoo Bahi and Qasim and the Gang,yet again it is too late an another call before Olympics.I hope Pakistan get to Victory stand in the Azlan Shah Cup and also in the Olympics.More training and exposure.Get Rehan,Shakil, Salman and Zeeshan back.

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