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Pakistan finish 4th in hockey tournament after losing 2-1 to Japan


MELBOURNE, NOV 12 (DNA) – Japan thumped Pakistan 2-1 at the four-nation International Festival of Hockey at Melbourne’s State Netball and Hockey Centre on Sunday.

With their second consecutive loss against Japan, the Green Shirts finished the tournament in the fourth spot.

In the first match, Pakistan received their worst-ever defeat in hockeyagainst Australia when they lost 1-9 to the hosts. On Saturday, New Zealand beat Pakistan 3-2 in what was the latter’s third successive defeat.

Lapses in Pakistan’s defence gave Japan ample opportunities to strike in the first quarter. Ajaz Ahmed scored the first goal for Pakistan by firing it in the small gap between the goal keeper and the near post in the 13th minute.

Pakistan’s Joy was short-lived however, as Japan’s Kenta Tanaka came back with vengeance in the very next minute to equalised the score.

In the third quarter, Pakistan missed three good chances to score. In the last three minutes, Kazuma Murata struck the final goal to confirm that Pakistan would finish with a wooden spoon.


Pakistan: Ajaz Ahmed (13′)

Japan: Kenta Tanaka (14′) and Kazuma Murata (57′)

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