Asian Games hockey: Pakistan decimate Kazakhstan 16-0

Published: August 24, 2018
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COMPLETE PERFORMANCE: Pakistan improved their previous two performances of 10-0 victories against Thailand and Oman with a 16-0 drubbing of minnows Kazakhstan. PHOTO: AFP

COMPLETE PERFORMANCE: Pakistan improved their previous two performances of 10-0 victories against Thailand and Oman with a 16-0 drubbing of minnows Kazakhstan. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: Pakistan hockey team beat Kazakhstan 16-0 in their third Pool B match of the ongoing Asian Games in Jakarta.

Men in Green, who bagged 10-0 win each against Thailand and Oman in their first two matches, made sure they decimated their opponents from the word go.

Mohammad Toseeq found the net four times, while Mahmood Abu Bakar also scored a hat-trick for Pakistan.

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Ali Rizwan, Shan Ali and Muhammad Umar Bhutta scored a brace each to add to the score.

Ali Mubashar, Muhammad Dilber, Muhammad Atiq also scored one goal each for Pakistan.

“We have won all three matches and haven’t conceded any goal but Malaysia is another team which is on a winning streak and they will be tough to face,” skipper Muhammad Rizwan senior told The Express Tribune.

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He added that the team needs to stay composed to beat Malaysia. “Till now we are in full shape, form and in coordination. If we keep playing like this, then we can win the match against Malaysia. They are one of the top teams of the competition, if we beat them then that will increase our chances to win the gold medal,” he said.

Pakistan will next face Malaysia on August 26, before facing Bangladesh on August 28 to complete their Pool B matches.

One more win for the Men in Green will mean they qualify for the semi-finals of the Asian Games hockey event, scheduled to take place on August 30, with the final to be played on September 1.

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