LONDON: World champions Australia defeated Pakistan 7-0 in a do-or-die battle for both the teams playing men’s Olympic hockey in London on Tuesday.
Australia now lead Pool A and have qualified for the semi-finals.
Pakistan had earlier defeated South Africa 5-4, raising its chances of securing a semi-final berth. However, this defeat shakes Pakistan’s Olympics dream.
Team Green had earlier drawn its inaugural match against Spain 1-1, won the second match against Argentina 2-0 and lost against Great Britain 4-1.
Hockey legend Olympian Hasan Sardar had called Pakistan’s match with Australia a tough test and said that to win against them, it would require performance from each and every player of the team.
Another legendary Olympian Samiullah had said that there is little hope for the underdogs to beat the Australians or either pull a draw as Australia is undoubtedly the best team playing in the tournament.