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Pak beat world champions Germany in Hamburg

india Updated: Aug 26, 2006 18:02 IST

Pakistan handed a surprise 2-1 defeat to world champions Germany in the four-nation Hamburg Masters men's hockey tournament in Germany.

In an evenly contested match in the world cup preparatory competition, Pakistan took the lead through penalty corner specialist Sohail Abbas in the seventh minute but Christopher Zeller equalised just before the first half hooter via a penalty corner.

Four minutes into the second half, Waseem Ahmad restored the lead for Pakistan which they maintained till the end, to carve out a surprise victory for the four time world cup winning Asian team.

The hosts got four penalty corners in the match to Pakistan's three.

In another match, Champions Trophy winners Holland displayed brilliant hockey in the second half to outplay Spain 5-1.

Leading 2-1 in the half time, the Dutch pumped in three goals in the second session.

Netherlands scored through Teun de Nooijer (19th and 68th minutes), Roderick Weusthoff (29th), Rob Reckers (41st) and Karel Klaver (66th), while Eduard Tubau scored the lone goal for Spain in the 24th minute.

Four of the world's best five teams are playing in the round robin tournament in the build up to the World Cup Hockey Championship.