Pakistan hold Netherlands in Junior Hockey World Cup

By our correspondent
LAHORE: Pakistan did a solid job to hold Netherlands 3-3 in their Pool D opener of the Junior Hockey World Cup in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The men in green showcased an outstanding performance, with Arshad Liaqat, Sufyan Khan, and Arbaz Ahmed scoring crucial goals.
The clash saw relentless attacks from both sides, resulting in a three-goal stalemate. The Dutch team managed to secure field goals in the 21st and 30th minutes, leaving Pakistan trailing by two goals at the end of the first half. Pakistan fought back valiantly in the third quarter, with midfielder Arshad Liaqat scoring a field goal, narrowing the deficit.
The turning point came in the 36th minute of the third quarter when Pakistan earned a penalty corner. Sufian Khan exhibited exceptional skills, slamming a drag-flick into the goalpost, leveling the score to 2-2. The Netherlands responded with a field goal in the 47th minute, once again taking the lead. However, Pakistan’s Arbaz Ahmed swiftly equalized with a penalty corner, bringing the score to an intense 3-3.
The match continued with both teams displaying remarkable skill and determination but neither side could break the deadlock before the final whistle. The thrilling encounter ended in a 3-3 draw, showcasing the competitive spirit of the Junior World Hockey Cup.
The Junior World Hockey Cup features 16 teams. Pakistan are in Pool D alongside the Netherlands, Belgium, and New Zealand.
Pakistan head coach Roelant Oltmans was happy with the way his charges made a remarkable fightback.
“I am proud of my boys who did a fine comeback to hold one of the best sides of the event,” Oltmans said.
Pakistan will face New Zealand on December 7 and Belgium on December 9.

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