Pakistan fail to qualify for Hockey World Cup after beaten by Japan
Team India qualified for super four of Asia Cup after resounding win against host Indonesia
JAKARTA – Green Shirts’ hopes to play in Hockey World Cup were dashed after they suffered a big blow at the hands of Japan in Pool A match at the GBK Sports Complex Hockey Stadium in Jakarta on Thursday.
Undefeated Japan started the game aggressively and Ryoma Ooka netted the ball in the 14th minute to take 1-0 lead for his squad. Ikumi Saeki then scored in the very next minute to finish the first quarter with a lead of 2-0.
Team Pakistan, who is the four-time world champion, attempted to counter-attack in the early second quarter and managed to score a goal in the 23rd minute. Yosuke Morita then netted in the 27th minute to advance with 3-0.
Pakistan made a comeback at last minute to go in the second quarter. Mubashir Ali made the most of the penalty corner and handed a comprehensive goal to his team. In the 23rd minute of the second quarter, national player Ijaz Ahmed scored a goal.
Both sides later attempted to net but failed while two goals from Pakistan were disallowed as Men in Green fought back.
Meanwhile, India defeated host Indonesia with a huge 16-0 margin as it edges out Pakistan on goal difference from Asia Cup and from Hockey World Cup.
Pakistan earlier smashed Indonesia 13-0, while scoring a late equalizer to draw 1-1 with archrival India.
The ongoing Asia Hockey Cup is the qualifier for the next hockey world cup which will be held in India next year.
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