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IPOH (Staff Report) – Pakistan on Friday defeated Japan by 4-1 in the 25th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup pool match at Azlan Shah Stadium, Ipoh, Malaysia.

From Pakistan’s side out of four goals Arslan Qadir scored two goals while other two goals were scored scored by Ali Shaan and Rizwan Ali. Japan’s only goal was scored by Pamada at a penalty corner.

At this year’s tournament, Pakistan could win two games played against Canada and Japan, and lost all other matches against New Zealand, Australia, India and Malaysia.

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Pakistan Squad:

Mazhar Abbas, Imran Butt, Muhammad Azfar Yaqoob, Muhammad Waqas Sharif, Muhammad Kashif Ali, Muhammad Dilber, Muhammad Rizwan Senior, Shafqat Rasool, Ali Shan, Muhammad Umar Bhutta, Muhammad Irfan (C), Syed Kashif Shah, Muhammad Imran, Muhammad Toseeq Arshad, Muhammad Rizwan junior, Fareed Ahmed, Rashid Mahmood, Ammad Shakeel Butt.

Japan Squad: 

Akiyo Saito, Takashi Yoshikawa, Hiroki Sakamoto, Kenta Tanaka, Koshi Yamasaki, Kentaro Fukuda, Akihiro Watanabe, Koji Kayukawa, Manabu Yamashita, Kenji Kitazato, Hirotaka Zendana, Shota Yamada, Suguru Hoshi, Seren Tanaka, Hiromasa Ochiai, Takuya Kinoshita, Kazuma Murata, Tsubasa Yamamizu.

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2016:

Each team was scheduled to play six pool matches in the first round, which will be followed by final match between two top teams. Matches will also be held for 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th positions.

On the final day (April 16), two matches will be held for 5th and 6th (at 12:40pm PST) slots, and  3rd and 4th (at 3:05pm PST) places. Final game for first and second positions will be on the same day at 5:45pm PST.

Australia have already qualified for the final while the second finalist team, India or New Zealand , is yet to be decided.