Abdul Haseem Khan (c) scored a hattrick in Pakistan's 13-0 win. -File photo
Abdul Haseem Khan (c) scored a hattrick in Pakistan's 13-0 win. -File photo

Pakistan proved way too strong for Chinese Taipei, formerly Taiwan, handing them a 13-0 thumping and sealing the top place in Group A of the 2013 Asia Cup.

The Greenshirts, who need to win the title to earn a spot in next year’s World Cup in the Netherlands, are likely to face South Korea in the semi-finals who are currently place number two in Group B.

Shakeel Abbasi started the rot for Chinese Taipei, dribbling past the defenders to finish a brilliant goal in the 13th minute before skipper Muhammad Imran sent his drag-flick clattering into goal ten minutes later.

Muhammad Rizwan also got on the score sheet through a field goal in the 26th minute as the stunned Chinese Taipei, players failed to cope with the pace of the game. Any hopes of a comeback by them were soon dashed by the Pakistani forwards, who added another two goals as soon as the second half got underway, Rizwan for his second and Shafqat Rasool for his first.

Goals from Muhammad Dilber (45) and another by Rasool (46) added to their opponents misery but the rampant Pakistani team were out for more. Imran’s second (52), a super hattrick by rising star Abdul Haseem Khan (54, 56, 69) and one each by Muhammad Tousiq and Muhammad Irfan added the final touches to what may have seemed like a never-ending nightmare to the Chinese Taipei, players.

The result gave Pakistan a perfect record in the group stages but Imran’s men will have to put all of this behind them when the semi-finals start. Japan, Malaysia and Chinese Taipei, have been harmless opponents but rest assured the lightning-fast Koreans will take some beating.

Pakistan’s veteran defender Waseem Ahmed said of his team’s performance, “The team is working really hard and if we can keep on doing the same thing throughout the tournament, I think our chances of becoming champions here and booking a spot in the World Cup is very bright.”

The semi-finals commence from August 30.

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Ahmed
Aug 27, 2013 06:15pm

One word........EXCELLENT!

TANVEER ALI
Aug 27, 2013 07:05pm

WELL DONE! PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

Ali Vaqar Awan
Aug 27, 2013 08:23pm

A very convincing and entertaining performance by our hockey team. Rain and storm of goals, pleasing to see. Sure it will boost the moral of our team before crunch match against South Korea most probably in last four. Still more work is ahead for our team as nothing less than Asia Cup victory will do. Its a golden chance for our team to revive hockey. Pakistan should not underestimate Korea as they are fit and quick. Our team should not give Koreans the freedom to score and properly mark them. Pakistan should strive to score rapid goals against them and put extra pressure on them early on. There is no room for complacency left. Proper strategy and tactics needs to be in place as real match begins in semi-final. Inshallah victory to Pakistan hockey team and my prayers are with them. :)

K1 Pakistan
Aug 27, 2013 08:37pm

Comme on do it for your pride being a Pakistani. Get Pakistan Hockey back to glorious years. Pakistani players need to be positive in their next matches and have a strong mental approach. In the end of a game mentality beats talent. Good luck team Pakistan!

nasr
Aug 27, 2013 10:56pm

The true picture of this excellence will be at the end of the tournament

Naresh
Aug 28, 2013 02:02am

As an Indian hockey fan, I always aspired to see an India - Pakistan clash in World Cup finals. Shameful for subcontinent Hockey that we will have to see an Indo-Pak match to qualify for world cup, that is if boith win their semi final matches. Sad for Asian Hockey

R.I.Malik
Aug 28, 2013 08:40am

So far so good....best of luck for a place in the worldcup

Anon
Aug 28, 2013 12:52pm

Good luck team Pakistan we wish u all the best.

Anuj
Aug 28, 2013 12:59pm

Itwill be interesting to see how Pakistan match the Koreans(they have a good record against Pakistan last 5-6 years) and India the Malaysians 9who can be dangerous on home ground).

Hope to see India-Pak in finals.

Anees
Aug 28, 2013 11:26pm

Semi-Final vs Korea? I fear more than I expect.

saleem Kazmi
Aug 29, 2013 12:13am

FINALLY THE SELECTION IS BASED ON MERIT RATHER THAN DOMICILE BASIS AS EARLIER.