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    Hockey: Pakistan out of the next Champions Trophy

    Hockey: Pakistan out of the next Champions Trophy


    BRISBANE, June 20: In a dramatic finish Pakistan lost 4-3 to England in the 5th place play-off at the 21st Champions Trophy
    hockey tournament here. A tense battle of skill and attrition ended with a golden goal by England in the second period of extra time.
    The overall effect is that Pakistan, having finished last, are now forced to drop out and will miss the 22nd event of the series next
    year in Amsterdam. There was a previous crisis in 1986 when 11th place at the world cup in London should have shut Pakistan out
    but they were squeezed into the next event by virtue of being Olympic Champions.
    More tragic still was the story of the match itself. Pakistan were comfortably placed with a 2-0 lead within 20 minutes but slackness
    in defence changed the picture. England levelled the score at 2-2, went 3-2 ahead before Pakistan redressed the balance, eventually to send the match into extra time.

    slahuddin, who was captain of the victorious Pakistan team in 1978 and is here as a commentator, said that Pakistan played
    defensively and that these tactics eventually cost them the match. The fact that two of Pakistan's goals came from penalty corners
    adds weight to his comments. At the end of it all Pakistan's officials here were absolutely devastated.
    As in the previous match England deployed the same tactics of tight marking and covering. Pakistan themselves left gaps in defence
    and England's front runners took every advantage. The first shot at goal was delivered by Mohammad Shahbaz who sent the ball sailing over the top. In the 15th minute Ahmed Alam had to rush out of goal to smother a shot by the English forward Mark Pearn.
    However, before another minute had elapsed Pakistan shot into the lead as a free hit by the left half Waseem Ahmed was deflected
    into the net by Atif Bashir. Five minutes later Sohail Abbas increased the lead with a brilliant scoop into the top of the net from a penalty corner and Pakistan were happily launched. The advantage gained was reduced in the 24th minute when James Wallis converted a penalty corner for England.
    So, Pakistan crossed over with a 2-1 lead. Within five minutes failure Pearn gained possession to score with a comfortable reverse hit.
    As if that was not enough England surprisingly took the lead in the 47th minute because of another defensive lapse by Pakistan. Calum Giles who had just taken the field as a substitute, put a centre across, and Bob Crutchley lunged at the ball to score a well taken goal. fortunately for Pakistan Sohail Abbas levelled the score at 3-3 with another brilliant scoop into the net two minutes later. There was a hint of a score within a couple of minutes but a some casual shot by Atif Bashir went over the top.
    Two minutes before the end of normal time England forced a penalty corner but the danger to Pakistan was averted. In the first of extra time England threatened to score but Pakistan's forwards foiled their bid.
    After the first seven and a half minutes of extra time had passed the teams crossed over again. One would have expected a note of
    caution in this critical situation but within two minutes the match was thrown away by a reckless tackle on the part of Irfan Yousaf.
    The umpire rightly awarded England a penalty corner which settled the issue. The first shot by Russell Garcia came back off a post
    and with Pakistan's defenders unable to clear Wallis put the ball into the net.
    For Pakistan the task of reconstruction must begin now although by exclusion from the next event their Olympic preparation may be
    seriously affected. This whole event for them has been a sad story of lost advantage.
    A question mark hangs over Mohammad Shahbaz who went through the tournament without a goal to his credit. The success story
    concerning Abbas who scored four goals from penalty corners. In open play Muhammad Sarwar scored three goals and Atif Bashir two.

    Pakistan: Ahmed Alam, Sohail Abbas, Amir Saleem, Irfan Yousaf, Mohammad Waseem Ahmed, Mohammad Nadeem, Mohammad Sarwar, Atif Bashir, Mohammad Shahbaz, Imran Yousuf. Substitutes used, Haider Husain, Naveed Asim, St. Danis Kaleem.
    Umpires: Jin-Soo Han (South Korea and R O Connor (Ireland).
    England's Mason, M. Johnson, W. Waugh (Capt), J Wyatt, A Humphrey, R Garcia J Wallis, B Sharpe, M. Pearn, S Head,
    substitutes used R Crutchley, D Hall, C Giles.
    Earlier Holland had won the bronze medal with a 5-2 victory over Spain who scored first in the 17th minutes through their outside
    left Xavier Arnau; but the Dutch took charge of the match and their captain Stephen Veen scored twice to put them on the road to
    victory.
    At the end of the day Australia won the men's trophy for a record breaking seventh time with a 3-1 victory over South Korea. They
    had completed the double, their women having beaten Holland 3-2 in the final on the previous day.
    In the men's final Australia led 2-0 at halftime with goals by Davies and Toy Elder, Davies added the third goal in the 52nd minute against the Koreans, who had seemed overwhelmed, hit back eight minutes before end with a goal by their centre forward
    Seung-Tae Song.

    dil..dilseeee









    [This message has been edited by dilse (edited June 21, 1999).]

    #2
    click where????

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      #3
      kk...yar good one I forget to edit,now you dont have to click....
      dil..dilsee

      [This message has been edited by dilse (edited June 21, 1999).]

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        #4
        We used to be so good in hockey. What the hell happened?

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          #5
          Fanatic...adab...yar i think apna mulk mai politic har cheez ma kam dighata hai,and it did it with the games also....

          dil...dilseee

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