Pakistan set semi-final clash with Korea in Asian Champions Trophy

By our correspondent

DHAKA: Ahmad Nadeem and Ijaz Ahmad hit two goals each as Pakistan downed Bangladesh 6-2 in their last league game to make it to the semi-finals of the men’s hockey Asian Champions Trophy here on Sunday.

Bangladesh opened the scoring through Arshad Hussain in the 13th minute. However their jubilation had not yet subsided when Ahmed Nadeem levelled the score for Pakistan with a nice field effort in the 14th minute. Four minutes latter Ijaz Ahmad put Pakistan ahead before Afraz further inflated Pakistan lead in the 24th minute. Two minutes later Ahmad Nadeem struck his second and fourth goal for Pakistan and the Green-shirts were now 4-1 ahead. In the 34th minute Pakistan got a penalty corner and Salman Razzaq converted it to take Pakistan to 5-1. However in the 35th minute Arshad Hussain landed second goal for the hosts also and now the show was 5-2 in favour of Pakistan. Ijaz Ahmed struck his second and sixth goal for Pakistan in the 38th minute to seal Pakistan’s fate.

Ijaz was also adjudged as man of the match.

Pakistan, with the outcome, finished third with five points. They had tied with Japan with five points but finished third because of better goal average. India finished at the summit with eight points while South Korea ended second with six points to their credit. Pakistan now will face South Korea and India will meet Japan in the semi-finals on Tuesday at 2:30pm and 5pm, respectively.

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