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Imran, Abbas guide Pakistan past Argentina

Pakistan's Muhammad Imran (L) scores against Argentina. -Photo by AFP

KARACHI: Pakistan recorded their first win in the hockey tournament at the London Olympics on Wednesday as they beat Argentina 2-0.

Mohammad Imran and captain Sohail Abbas scored as Pakistan swept past Argentina at the Riverbank Arena in London. Argentina, on the other hand, maintained a good rhythm but could not convert their chances into goals.

Imran gave the Greenshirts the lead in the first half as he scored from a penalty corner in the 29th minute which ensured that Pakistan ended the first half on top. The second half saw Abbas miss a chance after he failed to convert a penalty corner but the expert drag-flicker made up for that within minutes as he doubled Pakistan's lead through another penalty corner in the 43rd minute.

Argentina saw two penalty corners taken by Pedro Ibarra and Manuel Brunet saved by  Imran Shah as they failed to give a concrete response to Pakistan.

Pakistan held Spain to a 1-1 draw in their opening match at the Olympics and are now behind Australia who lead the standings and level with hosts Great Britain with four points but behind on goal difference.

The Greenshirts next play the hosts on Friday at 20:00 PST.


Pakistan Argentina
2/6 (33%) Total Goals/Shots 0/8
0/2 Field Goal Goals/Shots 0/4
2/4 Penalty Corner Goals/Shots 0/4
0/0 Penalty Stroke Goals/Shots 0/0

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Comments (64) Closed

Pakistan Classified
Aug 02, 2012 10:46am
Thats the Point, We need to beat atleast one of them and we will qualify,Lets hope for the best and Pray .
Pakistan Classified
Aug 02, 2012 10:47am
InshAllah we will bring it this time :)
Sir G
Aug 02, 2012 10:57am
Keep eye on top. you are the real players.
Aug 02, 2012 01:11pm
Pakisan played a pretty lazy game, if this way they would be playing with Australians.. they would be smashed.. instead of 2-0 it should be 4-0 or 6-1.
Aug 02, 2012 01:44pm
Congratulations for what? The job is not done yet.. Just 2 succes, GB and Australia are still to go. Everyone hold your congratulation messages until we play next 2 games. Good Luck ...
Aug 02, 2012 11:10am
Very nice work Pakistan. Love to see you guys play. Go win!
Aug 01, 2012 08:08pm
Job well done. Zinda Abaad Pakistan
Aug 01, 2012 08:12pm
Is there light at the end of the tunnel?
Aug 01, 2012 08:18pm
congratulations pakistan keep it up..............
Aug 01, 2012 08:21pm
great ... good job done we are on the road to victory ,,,,, we pray as a nation that this gold medal will come to Pakistan,Allah willing best of luck team Pakistan
Aug 01, 2012 08:22pm
WOWO Congratulations Pakistani Green Team finally you did Well done and continue to win
Aug 01, 2012 08:22pm
Go green shirts
Aug 01, 2012 08:22pm
We won we won we won !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!'n
Aug 01, 2012 08:29pm
yaaaay...pakistan zindabad.
Aug 01, 2012 08:41pm
BRAVO - keep it up green shirts !!! We love you.
Ali Hamid
Aug 01, 2012 08:46pm
Well done green shirts!! keep the momentum going. I hope and pray you remain undefeated till the end. Good Luck !!!!
Jamshed Khan
Aug 01, 2012 08:48pm
I am holding my breath. I hope the trend continues...!
Aug 01, 2012 08:55pm
Well congrats to our team. I hope they win any medal gold, silver or bronze. InshAllah.
Asif Khan
Aug 01, 2012 09:03pm
Zindabad Pakistani Hockey team, hearty congratulations. You are our heros...keep on winning.
Aug 01, 2012 09:28pm
Shukar Al HamdoLillah !!!!
Aug 01, 2012 09:29pm
proud of the green shirts
Aug 01, 2012 09:31pm
Highly over-rated and excessively pampered Cricketers tend to disappoint us in big events, but Hockey Boys are doing us all Proud. Well Done Boys, with your courage you have proven a lot of critics wrong. May Allah bless you for rest of the tournament.
Aug 02, 2012 12:43pm
remarkable and overwhelming!! keep your spirit with full conviction and try to fight with tooth and nail to immune your self.hope u will nail it .
Aug 01, 2012 09:36pm
Congrats Pakistan team for a very much needed victory , keep your chins up and you will achieve success inshallah in your coming matches, just give your 100 percent, the whole nation is praying and proud of you
Aug 01, 2012 09:48pm
Although a slow game, but in the end result matters, now they have real matches in front of them, GB and Australia and they are able to beat GB , then yes we can expect this miracle to happen after long time inshallah.
Aug 01, 2012 09:50pm
Congratulations Pakistan i was praying for the victory of Pakistan...:)
Aug 01, 2012 10:03pm
Glad to see Pakistan winning the game but 2nd half belonged to Argentina, they were constantly attacking.
Aug 01, 2012 10:06pm
we gonna rock, we gonna win. Paki for lyf <3
Aug 01, 2012 10:25pm
Neat work. Now the next match is probably the crucial one, against England. We need to win that, inshallah will!
Asim khan
Aug 01, 2012 10:45pm
pakistan's match against England is a virtual semi final, If pakistan wins it then the chances of reaching semi finals are pretty bright inshallah, however if conceded a loss then they need to try for the 5th and 6th position finish at the most. Pakistan is an easy pool as compare to other pool which holland/germany,newzeland,korea in it. In pakistan's pool, if they beat either australia or england they are almost in the semi finals making sure they do not loose point to minnows like south africa and argentina. I think they should treat their match against england as the most important one. Rest is in Allah's hand, Whatever Allah's will it.
Aug 01, 2012 10:54pm
Mashallah ,,Well done ,,Proud of you guys,,Show more courage as you have done it before..
Aug 01, 2012 11:08pm
Guys those were the two of the easiet teams in the group...........if we win against australia and britan then i will be happy, and will see that we have a chance of a medal...Only two team from each group will go forward......so in our group we have britan and australia, have to beat atleast one.....
Aug 01, 2012 11:30pm
Great! keep it up, we believe and trust your talent.
Aug 01, 2012 11:36pm
good job
Aug 02, 2012 12:04am
Believe Allah and yourself,keep working hard gold is yours.
waleed awan
Aug 02, 2012 09:18am
keep it up green shirts
Aug 02, 2012 12:11am
Shabash, abb tum say hi ummed hai, great work, keep performing
Aug 02, 2012 12:11am
Any medal in this extremely competitive field will be an excellent achievements for the handicapped Pakistani team. Sohail Abbas's last shot at glory. Defeating Britain will be critical and extremely difficult. Go Greenshirts! Make us proud!
Aug 02, 2012 12:34am
Well done green shirts....
Aug 02, 2012 01:33am
Excellent, well done greenshirts! We are proud of you guys and have complete confidence in your abilities to get us across the winning line. Keep the momentum going and smash any one that comes in your way to the gold medal, be it RSA, whinging Poms (brits) or arrogant Aussies! All the very best!
Malik -
Aug 02, 2012 01:33am
Ya Allah give strength to these pak hockey players to play good and win the gold in olympic hockey this time...........
Aug 02, 2012 01:49am
Kya baat hay jee. Ab phook mey mat aana. Inshallah Pakistan hockey will make us feel proud once again.
Muhammad Nadeem
Aug 02, 2012 01:59am
Good news for Pakistan...Pakistan Zindabad
Imran Khateeb
Aug 02, 2012 02:20am
Beat the Brit, and you are thru, great game.
Dr. Joseph Matthews
Aug 02, 2012 02:35am
Well done guys !!! Keep it up the pace and spirit till the end. As the end justifies the means, Right ?????
Nasir Khan
Aug 02, 2012 03:01am
Great Results
Aug 02, 2012 03:19am
keep it up, thanks!
Aug 02, 2012 06:43am
Aug 02, 2012 03:36am
Aug 02, 2012 03:49am
Congratulations Pakistan i could not be able to see the second half due to load shading... hope the green shirts will win their next matches as well... our prayers with you
Aug 02, 2012 04:30am
Dear Mr.zarrar..what do u mean by the easisest team??? Pakistan ranked below of either othe teams they played. And one more thing...who says Spain is a minnow?....i dont think so...If Paksitan able to reach the semis it will be the great achievement for them and for us. One advice for Pakistani team..Please retain your stamina for the end time as you looked too much tired at the end. Play like as u play against Spian .i.e. conserved your energy. Best of Luck..Pakistan Zindabad
sana ullah
Aug 02, 2012 04:47am
Congratulations Pakistan. make a applicable plan for next match. should remain positive after taking lead, unlike 2nd half Strategy against Argentina
Aug 02, 2012 05:06am
pick up your stick and show me your skills before such criticism. Checking the league table would help everyone!
Aug 02, 2012 05:06am
Go Pakistan!
Mubashra Hadi
Aug 02, 2012 05:35am
Go Green!!!
ahmet abdulaziz
Aug 02, 2012 05:37am
very correctly said. Stamina is the key factor, we must not forget it.
Aug 02, 2012 05:46am
Are you all watching the games to see how well Pakistan plays or to see what is Allah's will? If it's Allah's will then there's no need to follow the games, you'll come to know eventually.
sana ullah
Aug 02, 2012 06:55am
very correctly said........... it would not be a easy job !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Aug 02, 2012 07:03am
Suma Aameen
Aug 02, 2012 07:52am
Victory was due to good defending. We stayed cool, and made few mistakes in the D, therefore few penalty corners conceded. Well done keep it up!
Ali Vaqar Awan
Aug 02, 2012 12:10pm
Its great to see Pakistan winning against Argentina by 2-0. This was convincing victory for Pakistan. Nice to see attacking game being played. Hope so our hockey continues its wining ways and bring medal for our nation. Reaching semi-final is a tough ask but strong show and performance from our team can make it possible. Great to see our hockey team giving improved and motivated performance. Our team should fight till end and play with positive passion as it was in Argentina match. Next match is must win for Pakistan, that is against Britian. Inshallah, Pakistan will give its best show against Britian. My support is with Pakistan and will watch all its matches. Inshallah Pakistan come up with its best performance.
Aug 02, 2012 08:30am
all the best was just joking on the previous comment.
Aug 02, 2012 05:25pm
Syd4U, I totaly agree with you. Even though Pakistan won the game by 2-0 , but I can give you in writing they have no chance against Britain , Netherland, Germany or even Korea. I am no expert of field hockey but just looking at the game they played against Argenina, I can tell obvious / basic flaws. Every player lacks the basic skill of stoping the ball cleanly and quickly. If you can not stop a hard hit and control it you have no chance thesedays. Only a miracle will win them a medal in this Olympic.
Aug 02, 2012 06:01pm
The forward line did not impress yesterday there were no coordinated moves and we gave away ball quite easily at times. even the passing was erratic. penalty corners saves us here.