Britain upset Pakistan 4-2

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Beijing, Aug 11 (UNI) Pakistan started their Olympic hockey campaign on a disastrous note as they lost to Britan 2-4 in their opening match here today.

In other matches, defending champion Australia thrashed Canada 6-1 after leading 3-0 at half time.

World Champion Germany overpowered host China 4-1 (HT 1-1), while New Zealand overwhelmed another Asian challenger South Korea 3-1 (HT 0-1).

Britain took a 2-0 lead in the space of first 14 minutes and led 3-0 at the lemon break.

The rusty play by the defence earlier in the first half and repeated misses by the forward line in the second summed up the match for Pakistan.

Britain started their onslaught once Pakistan missed a penalty corner in the second minute. Jmaes Tindall latched on to the given opportunity and opened the scoring for Britain seconds later.

Mohammad Saqlain missed a clear shot at the goal and a golden opportunity to bring Pakistan back in the game in the ninth minute.

No missing, however, were seen from the Britain team that doubled the lead through James Tindall's reverse hit to send a wave of shock and surprise in the Pakistan defence.

Pakistan hardly had settled down from the two goal deficit when they conceded another goal in the 29th minute through a drag-flick converted by Ashley Jackson on the third penalty corner that Great Britain got.

Pakistan, however, gathered momentum in the second half and for the first time in the match, forward-line stared making combined moves. One such move saw M Waqas sending a pass to moving Zubair on the left flank who found Shakil Abbasi on the target.

The greenshirts were seen on the offensive from there on.

But Waqas, Shakil and Rehan Butt missed a sitter each.

However, Pakistan reduced the margin further through Waqas to narrow the gap 3-2 with just 12 minutes remaining into the final hooter.

In the last 12 minutes of play Britain earned a penalty corner and Matt Daly banged home his first and Britain's fourth goal.


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