AAG: Pakistan registers second win at AAG hockey |
October 25, 2003
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Hyderabad, October 25 (IANS) Pakistan scored its second victory in the men's hockey competition of the Afro-Asian Games here Saturday, defeating Egypt 3-1.
Capitalizing on the mistakes of their rivals, Pakistan brightened their chances of making the semi-finals ahead of their big match against traditional rivals India on Monday.
Pakistan, which had scraped through in the first match against Nigeria 4-3, improved their game Saturday.
Pakistan, which led 1-0 at half-time, dominated the proceedings from the beginning. Rehan Butt scored the first goal in the ninth minute even as the Egyptians wasted many opportunities to level the score, including a penalty corner in the first half.
Pakistan, which is playing here without some of its top stars, continued its dominance in the second half with Shakeel Abbasi scoring the second goal in 38th minute.
Five minutes later, Ghazanfar Ali increased the lead by converting a penalty corner.
Egypt continued to waste chances despite making some aggressive attacks in the second half. Finally Mohammed Sameh Metwally narrowed the lead by converting Egypt's third penalty corner in the 66th minute.
In a pool A match, Malaysia defeated Ghana 5-0. It was a poor display by Ghana, which had lost its first match against South Korea 3-0.
In women's hockey, China defeated Nigeria 3-1.
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