Pakistan need to win the Asia Cup to earn a spot in next year
Pakistan need to win the Asia Cup to earn a spot in next year's World Cup. -File photo
Pakistan need to win the Asia Cup to earn a spot in next year
Pakistan need to win the Asia Cup to earn a spot in next year's World Cup. -File photo

Pakistan made sure their 7-0 thrashing of Japan wasn't just a flash in the pan as they defeated hosts Malaysia 4-1 on the second day of the Asia Cup.

Muhammad Imran's men, who are up against the wall and must win the title to earn a berth in next year's World Cup, produced a scintillating performance to down an opponent who have a tendency of raising their game when they play at home.

The two sides started in tentative fashion after their first day fireworks, albeit against much lesser opponents, but it was Pakistan who came close to scoring in the early skirmishes. Three missed opportunities later, however, Malaysia drew first blood through Muhammad Abdul Razie's penalty corner in the 26th minute of the game.

Buoyed by the effort, the home side came close to scoring yet again in the 30th minute, however, that passage of play finally put Pakistan in their stride and Shakeel Abbasi's run down the left flank was neatly finished off by Muhammad Zubair in the 33rd minute.

Pakistan came out even stronger in the second half and it paid immediate dividends. Shafqat Rasool's brilliant stick work left the Malaysian defence in their tracks as the young striker set up an easy goal for Muhammad Dilber, who tapped in the attempt in the 45th to give his side the lead.

Goals from Muhammad Waqas (61st) and Shafqat (67th) shut the hosts out of the match and gave Pakistan the top position in Group A with all 6 points from two matches.

Pakistan next play Chinese Taipei on Tuesday, while Malaysia will be up against Japan on the same day.

Updated Aug 25, 2013 08:55pm

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awahab
Aug 25, 2013 09:03pm

well done green shirts got to keep up the tempo till the job is done good luck

zubair
Aug 25, 2013 10:43pm

Pakistan Zindabad

Muhammad Musa
Aug 26, 2013 12:15am

Our hockey team has risen to occasions many a times, it is hoped they would not disappoint. Allah bless them, Ameen.

Asim
Aug 26, 2013 08:09am

I and my family traveled 200 KM each way to watch this exciting game... The Malay and Pakistan spectators were highly integrated in enjoying the game... It was fun and a great experience... Good job Pakistan and Malaysia...

shahzad
Aug 26, 2013 12:45pm

In last few tournaments, we started well but somehow later we are faced with lack of focus. I wish our team stay on track with more energy and enthusiasm. Its time to rise back !

Hakim
Aug 26, 2013 03:34pm

go boys go. Gold is the target.

Ossy
Aug 26, 2013 03:37pm

Well played Pakistan - a really good result against a strong opposition.

Rumour has it that in almost a decade, this Pakistan side is probably the first ever chosen purely on merit and that there are no obvious "parchis" in this team. Win or lose, I just hope we can learn to continue selecting Pakistan greenshirts only on merit in future as well.