Waheed double helps Pakistan hold South Korea

Published December 19, 2021
DHAKA: Pakistan’s Rana Abdul Waheed (third R) scores against South Korea during their Asian Champions Trophy match at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium on Saturday.—AFP
DHAKA: Pakistan’s Rana Abdul Waheed (third R) scores against South Korea during their Asian Champions Trophy match at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium on Saturday.—AFP

LAHORE: Rana Abdul Waheed scored twice, including a 57th-minute leveller, to help Pakistan hold South Korea to a 3-3 draw in their round-robin match of the Asian Champions Trophy in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Saturday.

Man-of-the-match Afraz’s 24th-minute goal cancelled out Kim Kyu-beom’s opener for South Korea 10 minutes earlier before Wahid put Pakistan in front in the 33rd.

The Koreans, however, regained the lead with goals by Ji Woo-Cheon in the 42nd and Jang Jong-hyun in the 56th, only for Wahid to secure a point for Pakistan.

Without a win in their first three matches, Pakistan remain fourth in the standings and in the final semi-final spot with two points, ahead of pointless Bangladesh, who are in fifth and were hammered 5-0 by Japan in the day’s other game.

Pakistan face Bangladesh in the final round of games on Sunday and a draw will be enough to secure a semi-final berth.

India, who have seven points, will finish top of the league standings regardless of the result against third-placed Japan in Sunday’s other match.

Japan are only ahead of Pakistan on goal difference and results in the final round could see Pakistan finish in third place.

South Korea have already secured second place with six points from their four games.

Published in Dawn, December 19th, 2021

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