LONDON: Pakistan’s hockey team started its Olympics campaign with a 1-1 draw against Spain on Monday.
Playing at the Riverbank Arena in London, Rehan Butt was the sole scorer for the national side while Pau Quemada of Spain scored the equaliser for his team.
Both teams played a cagey first half. The Pakistan team were left to grapple with their captain Sohail Abbas being shown the green card in the 8th minute, to serve a two minute suspension.
Pakistan came out into the second half with a bit more drive with Butt opening Pakistan’s account in the match and the tournament by scoring in the 45th minute of the game. Spain, though reacted almost immediately after Quemada latched onto a pass right down the middle and slotted expertly in the 46th minute of the game.
Spain scored again, but it was disallowed by the referee.
Mohammad Umar Bhutta was the second Pakistani player to be shown the green card, in the 10th minute of the game.