Splendid Pakistan beat Korea 6-3; Win Bronze in Hero Asia Cup 2017

Ajaz Ahmad starred in Pakistan's victory with a hattrick of goals

22 October

Dhaka (Bangladesh), 21 October, 2017: Pakistan were in their true elements as they clinically demolished the Korean side 6-3 to end their Hero Asia Cup 2017 campaign with a Bronze Medal. It was a hattrick of goals by Ajaz Ahmad (10′, 30′, 36′), Rashid Mehmood (26′) and Abu Mahmood (32′) that clinched a winner for Pakistan.

Koreans, unlike their previous Super 4s matches, were not their usual defensive best and Pakistan took complete advantage of that as they attacked them hooter to hooter, showcasing exemplary skill work to make space in the Korean circle. It was a pleasure to watch this Pakistani side who played with renewed spirit, determined to return home with a win.

It was Ajaz Ahmad who was the hero of Pakistan’s victory today as he pumped three splendid goals into the Korean post. Each of goals was a shear thrill to watch. The first one came as early as the 10th minute of the match while the second and third showed his ability to skillfully dribble past Korean defenders. A long pass from skipper Muhammad Irfan to Ajaz in the 25-yard mark saw him swiftly make his way into the circle, not being hassled about the two Korean defenders attempting to tackle him. He gave no room for error as he fiercely pushed one past goalkeeper Doopyo Hong imposing a strong 3-1 lead. Only four minute earlier, Rashid Mehmood had scored a field goal to stamp 2-1 lead for Paksitan.

Ajaz’s third goal came in the 36th minute when he single-handedly maneuvered covering the 25-yard and drove into the striking circle, staying patient in his attempt to score, with impeccable control of the ball, stepped away from his man Mookyoung Lee to push one into the post. In today’s fast-paced modern hockey, it’s rare to find players who showcase dribbling skills like Ajaz did today. He was a delight to watch, leaving Pakistani supporters in Dhaka thoroughly entertained.

Though Korea converted two goals via Suk Hoon Cho (20′) and Namyong Lee (43′), it did little to dent Pakistan’s hopes of a win. Korea missed out on two back-to-back PCs in the final quarter but finally converted one with an improvised set piece that saw Inwoo Seo in the 55th minute to narrow the lead to 3-5. But it didn’t last long enough as Muhammad Yaqoob scored in the 56th minute to ensure a convincing 6-3 win.

On today’s emphatic win, Skipper Muhammad Irfan said, “If you see every match, there were a lot of chances that we were missing. But this match we ensured that didn’t happen. It was really good work put in by the boys. This is not the end of results for us. It is a new team and we will continue to strive for success.”

Goal of the Match: 

Presented by: Brigadier General  Mohamad Shamsur Rahman (Director General, Bangladesh Institute of Sports)

Winner: Ajaz Ahmad of Pakistan

Hero Man of the Match: 

Presented by: Mr Seung Jin (FIH, Hockey Academy Coach Educator)

Winner: Ajaz Ahmad of Pakistan

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