Pakistan proved me wrong at the Asian Games

Discussion in 'Pakistan' started by asrar737, Nov 25, 2010.

  1. asrar737

    asrar737 FHF Regular Player

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    They won the gold medal and they are coming to London in 2012!


    GUANGZHOU: Pakistan bagged its third gold medal of the 2010 Asian Games when it defeated Malaysia 2-0 in the final in Guangzhou, China on Thursday.

    Fired-up Pakistan annexed the Asian Games men’s hockey gold medal after 20 years with the final win.

    Specialist drag-flicker Sohail Abbas gave Pakistan the lead in the 28th minute when he converted from a penalty corner. Abbas slammed home the ball in the top right corner in Pakistan’s second attack of the first half.

    Striker Rehan Butt then consolidated the lead three minutes into the second half when he hit a close-range goal from open play (in the 38th minute).

    It was Pakistan’s eighth Asiad hockey gold, ending a drought that stretched back to Beijing in 1990, and handed them their first major title since winning the World Cup in Sydney in 1994.

    Pakistan ended the year on a high after a disappointing eight-month period in which they finished a humiliating 12th out of 12 at the World Cup in March and took sixth place at the Commonwealth Games in October.

    The Pakistanis kneeled in prayer after the final whistle, before lifting their Dutch coach Michel van den Heuvel over their shoulders to loud applause from the stands.

    Malaysia, often dubbed the sport’s perennial under-achievers, had to settle for silver in their maiden appearance in the title clash after winning the bronze medal six times.

    The entire Malaysian team, barring Sikh player Baljit Singh, shaved their heads in a practice called ‘nazar’ to ward off evil spirits in the final, but failed to produce the spark that won them the semi-final against India.

    Amin Rahim, whose two late goals sank India, faltered in all three penalty corners his team earned in the second half.

    Malaysia had gone into the final as the only unbeaten team in the competition with four wins and a draw.

    By winning the final, Pakistan has also confirmed it’s berth at the 2012 London Olympics.
     
  2. jaduong

    jaduong FHF Legend

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    i think Malaysia are the team who performed excellently in the Semifinal. that was the game of that tournie. the final was poor in comparison. but well done Pakistan. that team needs some positivity after the recent shambles.
     
  3. DV_MAN

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    I thought Malaysia looked good in the competition, and were maybe tired/overawed by the occasion in the final. They look compact and organised, and i'm looking forward to seeing them in action if I can make it to France for the Champions Challenge II in Lille this summer.
     
  4. Frenchy

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    I was sad that malaysia lost in teh final after viewing the semi final PAk vs Kor. Pakistan were lucky to go through as Salam Akhbar made 2 time technical faults 2 tiem during the penalty shout out and was only reported once. It was not a suepr semi final. Unfortunatly i did not se the semi INd vs MYS but i heard it was a awesome game
     
  5. DV_MAN

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    Yeah, it was a really good game. Malaysia were fitter and stronger, and kept going for the whole game. They certainly deserved the win. From what I hear, compulsary bleep-tests etc are a requirement of playing in the Malaysian League so no wonder they had the Indians for fitness. Some decent Penalty Corner moves too.
     
  6. Frenchy

    Frenchy FHF Regular Player

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    for knowing a couple players who are playing in the malaysian league yes teh standard is good/ a lots of money is pumped into hockey there. they are earning more than decents salary for the country.
    These guys are fits and this season with the arrival of a lotsof foreigners from NZ< Germany, India Pak Bangladesh the League is very strong
     

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