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WorldHockey World Cup Qualifier (Men)

Lille, France - October 31 - November 8, 2009

Pakistan v Poland


# Info Date Teams Score Status Match Sheet
November 7th, 2009
13 Round-Robin 10:30am Pakistan PAK - POL Poland 2 - 3 (1 - 0) Final    

Match Report

Pakistan and Poland opened the last day of round-robin play under heavy clouds, but the torrential morning rain stopped just in time for the National Anthems. It took time for the match to gain some structure, both teams initially favoring long runs to try and warm up. Pakistan benefitted early from a harsh penalty-corner but Sohail ABBAS flicked it too high.

With only rare Polish counter-attacks reaching the Pakistani circle, all the pressure was on the Polish defense, well backed by Mariusz CHYŁA once again dominant in goal, including on a one-on-one with Akhtar ALI completely alone in front of him. Pakistan were struggling to penetrate the circle and create clean shooting opportunities, even when Poland were reduced to ten players with a green card to Artur MIKUŁA. The score was finally opened in the 29th minute by Muhammad WAQAS receiving a jewel of a pass from Rehan BUTT after a decisive run on the right.

Poland had a chance to tie the game in the last minute of the period on a penalty-corner but the flick went inches too high and the break was reached with a meager one-goal lead for Pakistan. The second period started with more momentum. Muhammad ZUBAIR received the ball with his back to the goal and somehow managed to beat the keeper, but the Poles were prompt to react and Artur MIKUŁA closed the gap in the 45th minute.

Pakistan could not take control of play and reverted to individual runs to try and find solutions, but to no avail. Tempers started to flare and Poland earned a few penalty-corners but could not manage to control them. They were more efficient in open play and two quick goals by Bartosz ŻYWICZKA and Krzysztof KMIEĆ put them in the lead! With a Pakistani defense totally scattered, Poland nearly increased their lead shortly after, but the there was no more scoring and Poland earned a surprising, but well deserved, win over top ranked Pakistan.

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Team Pld W D L GD Pts
Pakistan  PAK 5 4 0 1 16 12
Japan  JPN 5 4 0 1 4 12
Poland  POL 5 3 1 1 4 10
France  FRA 5 2 1 2 1 7
Russia  RUS 5 0 1 4 -11 1
Italy  ITA 5 0 1 4 -14 1


Nov 8, 2009
RUS Russia
Italy ITA
POL Poland
France FRA
PAK Pakistan
Japan JPN
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