2017 Asia Cup: Pakistan finish third as Amjad scores hat-trick

Published: October 22, 2017
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LESSONS FROM LOSS: Captain Irfan believes Pakistan got a lot of positives out of the Asia Cup and if they continue like this, they’ll soon be able to vie for the top spot in region. PHOTO COURTESY: ASIAN HOCKEY FEDERATION

LESSONS FROM LOSS: Captain Irfan believes Pakistan got a lot of positives out of the Asia Cup and if they continue like this, they’ll soon be able to vie for the top spot in region. PHOTO COURTESY: ASIAN HOCKEY FEDERATION

KARACHI:  

Ajaz Amjad scored three goals to help Pakistan win bronze medal in the 2017 Asia Cup after they dominated South Korea with a 6-3 win at Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium in Dhaka on Sunday.

The greenshirts opened the scoring with a goal courtesy Amjad in the 10 minute of the first quarter. The second quarter then saw three goals as Pakistan scored two and South Korea lessened the deficit to two goals.

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South Korea’s Suk Hoon Cho scored a field goal in the 20th minute, while Pakistan veteran Rashid Mehmood scored in the 26th minute. Amjad added one more to his and the team’s tally in the 30th minute to end the second quarter on a high.

Pakistan opened the third quarter with a goal from a penalty corner as Abu Mehmood pushed one in. Amjad then completed his hat-trick in the 36th minute to help Pakistan go 5-1 up.

South Korea then scored their second goal before the end of the third quarter thanks to Namyong Lee in the 43rd minute.

As the last quarter started, Pakistan’s defence was once again breached Inwoo Seo through a penalty corner in the 55th minute. However, Muhammad Yaqoob scored Pakistan’s last and sixth goal in the 56th minute to end the match 6-3.

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The captain of the team Muhammad Irfan told The Express Tribune: “We wanted to finish at least on the third place when we came to play the tournament and beating South Korea in the third-place match with this margin is an achievement for the team. The boys did overcome their mistakes and helped the team finish third.”

Irfan added that they’ve got a lot of positives out of the event and if they continue like this, they’ll soon be able to vie for the top spot in Asia.

“India and Malaysia are two of the top teams in Asia, but if we keep on putting in the hard yards then soon we will be the top team in Asia,” he said.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Rahul
    Oct 22, 2017 - 6:28PM

    Meanwhile India has won gold and hence the Asia cup.Recommend

  • SHJ
    Oct 22, 2017 - 7:20PM

    Congrats to Greenshirts
    Congrats to Men in Blue for winning the Asia cup.Recommend

  • Shoaib Aurangzeb
    Oct 22, 2017 - 7:21PM

    I want a rematch with India. If Indians don’t agree then it means India is afraid of us and they should hand over the Asia cup to us.Recommend

  • Romm
    Oct 22, 2017 - 9:52PM

    @Rahul:
    Congratulations. Happy?? Recommend

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