Abubakr Mahmood converted a penalty corner with just two minutes left on the clock to salvage a 2-2 draw for Pakistan in an exciting encounter against Japan in the 3-nation hockey tournament at Muscat’s Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex. It was Green Shirts’ second match, having defeated Oman 3-0 on Wednesday.
Pakistan went ahead early. In the 10th minute Shajeeh Saeed scored a field goal. It remained 1-0 with only six minutes left in the match. However, in the 54th minute, Japan not only equalised but also took the lead. First Yamada, on a penalty corner and then Yamasaki through open play found the target. When it seemed all over for Pakistan, Abu bakr saved the day for his team.
Pakistan 2, Japan 2
- Pakistan: Sahjeeh Saeed & Abu bakr Mahmood
- Japan: Shota Yamada & Koji Yamasaki
Pakistan’s next match is on Saturday against Oman. The overall tournament schedule:
- Feb 14: Oman vs Pakistan
- Feb 15: Japan vs Pakistan
- Feb 16: Oman vs Japan
- Feb 17: Pakistan vs Oman
- Feb 18: Pakistan vs Japan
- Feb 19: Japan vs Oman
- Feb 20: Final
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