London, England: In the first match of the day Canada out played Pakistan 6-0. Pakistan team was expected to show a better performance after the opening day defeat against The Netherlands.
As described by the Canadian goalkeeper David Carter “probably the best performance we have produced for two years”.
A penalty stroke from team captain Scott Tupper put Canada ahead in the fourth minute before a three goal burst in the second quarter put Paul Bundy’s side out of sight against their eminent opponents. Iain Smythe scored twice before Floris van Son made the score 4-0 with a wonderful backhand effort past the left foot of Green Shirts goalkeeper Amjad Ali. Strikes from Brenden Bissett and Gordon Johnston in the final quarter sealed an emphatic Canadian victory that will provide great confidence in the race to secure Hockey World League Final and Hockey World Cup qualification.
The shot-stopper Carter over whelmed by the performance said, “We were so good in all aspects of our game today, but the best part was our attacking”, “It has been a real long time since we scored six times against a top 20 ranked team, so I am really happy about how we played. We have got some new faces up front and they are firing, so teams will have to be wary of that now.”
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