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Pakistan win men's hockey group

30 July 2002

Pakistan topped Pool 4 with a convincing 2-0 win over Canada on Tuesday, with a maximum nine points from their three matches.


Pakistan in action earlier in the tournament

Pakistan’s Muhammad Saqlain scored in the first half and ace short corner marksman Sohail Abbas scored in the second half.

Pakistan have now won three from three and have not had a goal scored against them, beating both England and Wales 3-0 prior to Tuesday’s 2-0 win against Canada.

The first half began with both sides battling hard but without being able to capitalise on a number of opportunities until the 21st minute when Pakistan’s Saqlain put his country ahead with a successful shot from open play.

Just a minute later Pakistan were down to ten men after Waseem Ahmed was given a yellow card.

Canada’s Sean Campbell had a chance to equalise in the 30th minute but keeper Muhammed Qasim reacted quickly.

The second half saw Abbas return to his goal-scoring ways, after failing to get on the board against Wales, with one of his world renowned short corners in the 62nd minute.

With just four minutes remaining Canada had another chance but Robert Sshort’s pass to Bindi Kullar failed to reach his stick.

Canada now await Tuesday’s last Pool 4 match between England and Wales to determine their final position in a tight group.

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