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Felix Reuss of Germany deflects a ball from Shakeel Abbasi of Pakisan. -Photo by AFP

MELBOURNE: Pakistan clawed back from a goal down to beat Olympic gold-medalists Germany in the first quarterfinal of the FIH Champions Trophy 2012 in Melbourne early Thursday.

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Shakeel Abbasi scored a goal in each half, after the Germans went 1-0 up early in the match, to book a place in the semi-finals of the tournament.

The Greenshirts missed several chances, including three penalty corners, to better the scoreline but held on to beat the much higher placed opponents.

Pakistan's second and decisive goal was full of controversy.

The goal was scored by Abbasi, however Germany referred the decision claiming it should not have been awarded as the ball initially came off the back of the stick of a Pakistani player before making its way to Abbasi.

The video proved inconclusive with the goal standing despite the German protests.

Abbasi said he believed his team could continue to do well in the tournament.

“In the last three matches I didn't score and I am a mentor for my side so I realised I had to score,” he said.

“If we have confidence and play hard and have dedication, we have the potential to win against every team.”

This was Pakistan’s only second win in the tournament, after losing against Australia and Netherlands but won against Belgium in a tournament where all eight participating team played the quarterfinals.

Pakistan are one win away from their first Champions Trophy final since 1998 after upsetting the Germans. To reach the tournament decider they will have to beat the Netherlands in Saturday's semi-final after the Dutch accounted for New Zealand 2-0.

The Netherlands were pleased to progress to the last four, yet coach Paul van Ass said he didn't feel his team played their best.

“It wasn't the best game from us here. It wasn't a fun game to watch, but maybe this weekend we will see a lot of nice matches,” he said.

“The test will come this weekend when we play against high pressure. That is what we are here for so I'm looking forward to that.”

Early on it looked as though it would be an easy win with the Dutch on top.

After scoring first through Jeroen Hertzberger, Netherlands struggled to find a way to extend their lead.

A second breakthrough came following a brilliant run into the circle by Sander de Wijn, with Billy Bakker converting for a two-goal cushion and passage into the semi-finals.

Meanwhile in the day's other quarters, Australia's hopes of a fifth straight title remain on target after beating England 2-0 and will take on India, who chasing their first Trophy medal for 30 years, edged out Belgium 1-0.

Updated Dec 06, 2012 03:28am

Comments (24) (Closed)


Vinay
Dec 06, 2012 06:48am
lets pray for ind - pak final..a true revival of Asian hockey supremacy
Bilal
Dec 06, 2012 10:44am
This is great news......its a bit regrettable that hockey is not given the sort of attention that our national sport deserves.
Osman
Dec 06, 2012 09:47am
If we had lost to Belgium, we would have played India in the QF... that would have been fun!!!
Maryam
Dec 06, 2012 06:42am
Good Luck green shirts for the next matches. Hope u will give good news to the nation again in ur next match.
vinay
Dec 07, 2012 07:26am
inshaallah...this Champs trophy is asian's...
MBA
Dec 06, 2012 08:47am
Congratulations and good luck for future games. I have a request to Dawn Sports editor: Is it possible to put a table showing which team is playing in which group and how is the standing? It is a common practice for tournaments. Thank you
Seriously!
Dec 06, 2012 11:59am
Well done Green shirts!
Shahid Awan
Dec 06, 2012 07:08am
Well done Pakistan hockey team. You made us proud. I hope this win will go a long way in reviving the lost glory of pakistan hockey. Kudos to team coaches for selecting the team on merit this time. Qasim Zia and his men merit some praise now.
Paras Dilliwaala
Dec 06, 2012 07:37am
To correct this article: It's mentioned Pakistan defeated Belgium to book a Quarterfinal spot, but in this year's format every team will make it to the Knock-out stage from the league stage!
Muhammad Rameez Javed
Dec 06, 2012 07:38am
At last!! i have waited for this moment for last 20 years!!!
skeptic
Dec 06, 2012 11:50am
that would be nice and something really to look forward to.
skeptic
Dec 06, 2012 11:51am
finally some improvement to see in the team but still early days
saad
Dec 06, 2012 08:04am
It is nice to see Pakistan winning games against good team of world in important tournament
RP
Dec 07, 2012 07:08am
well done guys...lets hope its an indo-pak final....and the winner is asian hockey!!!
akhter husain
Dec 06, 2012 08:26am
Well done Pakistan team,but it is not the end of journey.Persistent is now required.
Akhlesh
Dec 06, 2012 09:33am
Congratulations, Pakistan, for beating Germany.
Hussnain naqvi
Dec 06, 2012 09:45am
Finally , Pakistan has beaten a number one side , I am glad to see such a remarkable performance and hoping for the test in semi as well.
Kader Baig
Dec 06, 2012 02:36pm
Pakistan and India performing well in Champions trophy itself is gratifying after watching cricket an eyesore, the win for Pakistan and India has change the taste buds after very long, ofcourse we rejoiced the newly crowned World Snooker Champion Mr.Asif. Virtually, the sports lover lost interest in hockey, they rarely remember any players name from hockey team but this victory would remember star performer Shafqaat and Abbasi from Pakistan and Chandi from India. Well Done! Team Green and Blue. Bring back the glories of the past, as individuals we are unmatched just needed to gel as a team, which is gelling well now, hope either of the team stands out as the best...
Shaer Khan
Dec 06, 2012 04:04pm
Allah Subhana Watala ka laakh laakh shukar hai kai OUS nay humko yae kamiabi atta kee. GREEN SHIRTS WE ARE PROUD OF YOU....PAKISTAN ZINDA BAAD
Shafi
Dec 07, 2012 10:40am
I got the feeling that Pak will loose to Netherlander by 4/5 goals. Best of luck. Dont be to hopeful win against Germany it was just a fluke.
Ali
Dec 06, 2012 06:16pm
Congrats Pak! It's a well-deserved win as they outclassed Germany & the margin could have been even more favourable to Pak. Just a correction, Abbasi scored both goals in the 2nd half.
Hans
Dec 06, 2012 07:28pm
respect from germany
Janan
Dec 06, 2012 09:21pm
CHUK DE GREEN ,,oye baley baley,,,
s m mustafa
Dec 07, 2012 05:26am
many congrats to all the members of the green side. well done phf for bold step. very fine step and bold step for scraping the selection commity. good luck to green shirts for the semis. netherland could be the though oponent. dont forget germans team was new one and they rest thier senior players. so we have to be very carefull against the netherlands. again best of luck to the green shirts.