Dhaka, Oct 22 (IANS) Pakistan rode on a hat-trick by Ajaz Ahmad to demolish South Korea 6-Three and clinch the bronze medal on the Hero Asia Cup 2017 hockey match right here on Sunday.
Ahmad scored within the 10th, 30th and 36th minutes whereas Rashid Mehmood (26th) and Abu Mahmood (32th) additionally sounded the board for Pakistan.
Suk Hoon Cho (20th), Namyong Lee (43th) and Inwoo Website positioning (55th) scored for South Korea.
The Koreans, in contrast to their earlier Tremendous 4s matches, weren’t at their traditional defensive greatest and Pakistan took full benefit of that as they attacked from hooter to hooter, showcasing exemplary talent to create space within the Korean circle.
It was Ahmad who was the hero of Pakistan’s victory as he pumped in three splendid objectives. Every of his objectives was a sheer thrill to observe.
The primary one got here as early because the 10th minute whereas the second and third confirmed his means to skillfully dribble previous Korean defenders.
A protracted move from skipper Muhammad Irfan to Ajaz within the 25-yard mark noticed him swiftly make his means into the circle, not being hassled concerning the two Korean defenders making an attempt to deal with him. He gave no room for error as he fiercely pushed one previous goalkeeper Doopyo Hong to assist Pakistan take a Three-1 lead.
Solely 4 minutes earlier, Rashid Mehmood had scored a discipline objective to present Pakistan a 2-1 lead.
Ajaz’s third objective got here within the 36th minute when he single-handedly maneuvered overlaying the 25-yard and drove into the hanging circle with impeccable management of the ball, stepped away from his man Mookyoung Lee to push one into the submit.
Although South Korea scored two objectives by way of Suk Hoon Cho and Namyong Lee, it did little to dent Pakistan’s hopes of a win.
The Koreans missed out on two back-to-back penalty corners within the closing quarter however lastly transformed one with an improvised set piece that noticed Inwoo Website positioning within the 55th minute to slender the result in Three-5.
However Muhammad Yaqoob scored within the 56th minute to make sure a convincing 6-Three win for Pakistan.