Olympics 2012: Pakistan lose 7-0 to Australia

Published: August 7, 2012
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Australia now lead Pool A and have qualified for the semi-finals. PHOTO: REUTERS

Australia now lead Pool A and have qualified for the semi-finals. PHOTO: REUTERS

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.

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  • Kay Kay
    Aug 7, 2012 - 4:51PM

    Though, a defeat against Ausralia was anticipated but losing with such a margin is really hurting.

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  • Pakistani
    Aug 7, 2012 - 4:52PM

    Chaloo have a save trip back home :)

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  • Ali
    Aug 7, 2012 - 4:52PM

    it was like the forward line was hiding behind the australian defenders, and the defense was always chasing the australian forwards
    horrible!

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  • Afzaal Khan
    Aug 7, 2012 - 4:53PM

    thats some spanking pakistani team got

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  • Aug 7, 2012 - 4:56PM

    Well, no “Subz” i.e. green soles and no green turf and yet pakistan didnt win?? Amir liaquat dont understand this.

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  • GrimmJow
    Aug 7, 2012 - 4:56PM

    Com’on, still hopeful!

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  • Kamran khan
    Aug 7, 2012 - 4:57PM

    That awkward moment when u think ur team will win Olympic (gold) but lose 7-0

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  • Aug 7, 2012 - 4:58PM

    Wow…this was some thrashing. An eye+mouth opener…

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  • non-sense
    Aug 7, 2012 - 5:14PM

    Qasim Zia have to answer this shameful defeat…

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  • Saad
    Aug 7, 2012 - 5:16PM

    thats some quality spanking by the aussies

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  • Sid
    Aug 7, 2012 - 5:18PM

    How can pak lose 7 to 0. They should be in a amateur league.

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  • bailian
    Aug 7, 2012 - 5:18PM

    v well done Pakistan Hockey Team ! u hav made us so proud

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  • Kanwal
    Aug 7, 2012 - 5:25PM

    oh dear.

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  • Syed Shah
    Aug 7, 2012 - 5:29PM

    I recall what Badshah Khan once said when asked on Pakistan’s dismal performance in Seoul Olympics in which it stood at no.7 (8 was bottom). He said he did not want to comment on regional teams. “Show me a Pakistan team I will comment”. That probably was in 1986 or so. We don’t seem to have changed one bit and are regularly losing not just in Hockey but in Cricket as well as in Squash. Lets build Pakistan teams purely and purely on merit.

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  • Hamad
    Aug 7, 2012 - 5:32PM

    Guys Work hard, Better Luck Next Time!

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  • Hamad
    Aug 7, 2012 - 5:34PM

    Guys Work Hard. Than Better Luck for Next time!!

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  • us
    Aug 7, 2012 - 5:36PM

    That was splendid display.

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  • NK
    Aug 7, 2012 - 5:39PM

    Bad Luck Pak – somewhat surprised by the margin of the defeat.

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  • who iz who
    Aug 7, 2012 - 5:50PM

    No Comments…..

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  • Uza Syed
    Aug 7, 2012 - 5:51PM

    Where is the Chief Justice? He should immediately act and take ‘aji no moto’ so that it might help.

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  • syed
    Aug 7, 2012 - 5:59PM

    Clear lack of skills and experience. What is needed is promoting sport at the grass root level and organize local leagues. Winning or losing in international events should not be only scale to measure success or failure. UK hardly win any world championship in football and in many other sports but that does not mean that they are behind, it is still a place to go to enjoy, learn and earn from many sports. We should have a similar goal, international success will come automatically.

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  • TightChuddhi
    Aug 7, 2012 - 6:04PM

    Just one word: creamed.

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  • babu
    Aug 7, 2012 - 6:09PM

    a nation of 170 million people is without any medal…loving it…love from border :)

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  • rikky(India)
    Aug 7, 2012 - 6:12PM

    What no comment from our Pakistani brother

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  • Avtar
    Aug 7, 2012 - 6:30PM

    Pakistan and India would have to invest heavily if they would like to see any future hope for medals in hockey. Holland, Germany, Australia in a short span have upped the hockey standards and moved their teams to medal level standards with appropriate training and facilities and feeder programs.

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  • Salman
    Aug 7, 2012 - 6:39PM

    Super Cool Aussies Yayyy

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  • Mirza
    Aug 7, 2012 - 6:40PM

    Cut down to size! If only talk were energy, Pakistan would have been a powerhouse.

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  • Sidd
    Aug 7, 2012 - 7:04PM

    That was some thrashing :D………………Good luck next time ZERO’s

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  • syed
    Aug 7, 2012 - 7:34PM

    @Uza Syed:
    You think that you are joking, but he might still do that:) as it is related to current administration, and not about violent crimes and terrorism which are not worth his time.

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  • Aarvey,india
    Aug 7, 2012 - 7:57PM

    It’s Allah’s will…

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  • Pak Fan
    Aug 7, 2012 - 8:05PM

    Pak team needs to learn the western style of hockey which is faster else they have no chance in the future.

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  • Xyz
    Aug 7, 2012 - 8:17PM

    @babu:
    nation of 1.2billion with actual infrastructure can only win 4. you must be so proud

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  • Adnan
    Aug 7, 2012 - 8:17PM

    They tried – that’s commendable

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  • Gaurav
    Aug 7, 2012 - 8:19PM

    Allah favored Australia. Sorry Pakistan

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  • Faisal Khan
    Aug 7, 2012 - 8:48PM

    I dont no y they go and play in Olympics… ReallyRecommend

  • raza
    Aug 7, 2012 - 9:16PM

    Any further question Pakistan?

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  • unbeliever
    Aug 7, 2012 - 9:32PM

    @Aarvey,india:

    yes, actually this is what i was telling to one of my pakistani friend yesterday, that there is nothing like ALLAH’s will.

    why would he like to interfere on the part of a lazy team. and that too in a game of hockey.
    there are just too many mishappenings going on in this world, and he would like to correct them, rather than interfering in hockey.

    the weaker teams just are thrown out, like india was forced to bow out without winning a single match, while a relatively more hard-working pakistani team did win some matches before it lost to stronger and formiddable AUSTRALIA.

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  • unbeliever
    Aug 7, 2012 - 9:35PM

    @Xyz:

    NOT EXACTLY VERY PROUD. there isn’t any reason to be.

    but in rest of the world, 4 divided by 0 is still infinite times…..

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  • External Hand
    Aug 7, 2012 - 9:35PM

    I think Indians need to keep quiet on this comments board. I mean, losing 0-3 to Belgium is a disgrace. How low have we sunk at our ‘national sport.’

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  • Masood
    Aug 7, 2012 - 9:48PM

    Please give them some credit that they reached at that stage.. Half of the players are without any real job… still these “jawans” put up their best.. PHF should be held responsible for this debacle…

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  • iTroll
    Aug 7, 2012 - 9:53PM

    Can some one please go and read the comments on news where Pakistan defeated SA by 5-4 the other day. Nation of 170 million people and no Olympic medal in last 5 Olympic games.

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  • Adeel
    Aug 7, 2012 - 10:02PM

    Lol at Indians show boating here.. Your team will probably end up last in Olympic Hockey so you might want to stay quiet..

    As for your 4 medals.. well you compare yourselves with China all the time and China has 64 medals.. Yes that is right 64 compared to your measly 4.. Even Kazakastan has 6 medals.. so next time you boast about first have a look at your own selves.

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  • kumar
    Aug 7, 2012 - 10:14PM

    keep india out of it. we are playing and performing better than any olympics we have played. we have 4 and will have more. as far as pakistan is concerned idk when was your last medal.

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  • John
    Aug 7, 2012 - 10:19PM

    Qasim Zia should Resign , but he will not.

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  • Aug 7, 2012 - 10:20PM

    @Xyz:
    4 is better than Zero. yes we are proud of every medal we won, we fought hard for every one of them. didnt get any wild card entries for them you know ;)

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  • iTroll
    Aug 7, 2012 - 10:23PM

    @Adeel: so next time you boast about first have a look at your own selves.
    Wish you could have followed your own words.
    India: 1,1,1,3,4+
    Pakistan: 0,0,0,0,0

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  • Aug 7, 2012 - 10:25PM

    This is called a thrashing.Recommend

  • bashir
    Aug 7, 2012 - 10:32PM

    Just waste of public money. The PHF officials, coaches, managers, and all those stooges who accompany the Olympic squad shoud face the firing squar. Just forget about the present team and start building a new team by training youths aged 14-18 on merit and prepare a really dream team for Pakistan. Just see how the Chinese prepare their youths.

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  • Pinto
    Aug 7, 2012 - 10:43PM

    Sorry folks but we are not a sporting nation we are lot more interested in studies.so whatever medal comes is a bonus for us.atlest we’ve started sending more athletes to these games unlike pak.Recommend

  • Mulla culture
    Aug 7, 2012 - 10:49PM

    @Pak Fan: western style ?????? That’s aginst islam ha ha ha ha ha……..

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  • Salman Elahi
    Aug 7, 2012 - 11:57PM

    Dismal tactics! pound for pound Greenshirts were never a match for the Kookuburas. The asian style “attacking hockey” mentality bites the dust everytime in key matches against european and australian teams. They only way we stood a chance was to play out a draw for as long as possible attacking only on turnovers in the australian half. Oz’s made many mistakes but they would have made even more under pressure of not scoring and losing out on their pole position in the group.

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  • Rahul
    Aug 8, 2012 - 12:28AM

    iTroll … Good one !!

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  • Deb
    Aug 8, 2012 - 12:32AM

    It’s all Allah’s will.He is fed up with muslims and supporting western countries like Australia etc. Too bad.

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  • Deb
    Aug 8, 2012 - 12:53AM

    Apparently the meat dominant diet is not helping.

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  • BRUISED INDIAN
    Aug 8, 2012 - 4:40AM

    Nahi Yaar???!!!! Saddens me (honestly). Pakistan played some brilliant hockey till about a year ago, what happened? No sarcasm here at all… sad about it.

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  • Raj
    Aug 8, 2012 - 5:20AM

    “Duas” seem not to be accepted by Almighty. If the “Duas” that win the gold, all the medals in all the events would have been won by Islamic athletes.

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  • Syed Shah
    Aug 8, 2012 - 6:29AM

    @babu: The nation of 1.2 billion got not 4 but only three medals none gold. one air gun bronze, rapid fire shooting silver and for something else bronze that is all. And if you take an air gun in baggage it is not allowed. The country run by babus and a police state is saying this – a nation obsessed with vanity only for 2% Brahmins to boast about. Yes there is one more gold of Mohammed Irfan in 25 Km. walk probably that is the fourth. Mind your business.

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  • Mohammad
    Aug 8, 2012 - 6:29AM

    If only the Australian team had retired like Saina nehewal’s just-about-to-win opponent, we could have entered the semis .Recommend

  • Aug 8, 2012 - 7:35AM

    On return, the Pakistani hockey players had better disembark from the plane wearing full protective gear. Salams

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  • Bloom
    Aug 8, 2012 - 10:59AM

    Goal Keeper was pathetic

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  • Mastishhk
    Aug 13, 2012 - 5:06AM

    It was a do-or die battle…Australians did wat they came to do and Pakistanis died….

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  • Raunaq Singh Bedi
    Aug 16, 2012 - 9:43AM

    @Xyz:

    India won 6 medals, not 4….so 6 is anytime better than zero! India has been increasing its tally 50% every olympics….while the ‘land of pure’ is drawing zero!

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