Pakistan in Afro-Asian Games hockey final
Pakistan scored once in the either side of the half-time to beat South Korea 2-0 for a berth in the men's hockey final of the AAG.othersports Updated: Oct 29, 2003 20:07 IST
Pakistan scored once in the either side of the half-time to beat South Korea 2-0 for a berth in the men's hockey final of the Afro-Asian Games here on Wednesday.
The match between the two top sides of the world failed to live upto the expectations as Pakistan decided against playing an aggressive game and rather preferred to dish out a style that mostly followed by European teams.
But the move paid off as the side came over a spirited response from the Koreans at the later part of the game at the Gachibowli stadium.
Ghazanfar Ali converted a penalty corner in the 34th minute to give Pakistan the lead while Shakeel Abbasi made it 2-0 with a fine field goal wih 10 minutes to go.
The transformation in the Pakistan side was apparant in the first half itself when the players instead of going for the kill from the first minute preferred to play a waiting game, thus conserving their energy to strike at the right moment.
New Dutch coach Roelant Oltman's influence on the players was palpable as the green brgade thrived on short passes and made calculated moves.
The team's defence also held good with goalkeeper Qasim Muhammed, playing in the tournament in the absence of veteran Ahmed Alam, alone coming up with some good saves.
Pakistan will now meet the winners of the second semifinal between India and Malaysia, scheduled later in the day, in the final on Friday.