Pakistan hockey team in Melbourne suffered from a narrow defeat against Japan in the recently concluded International Festival of Hockey and secured fourth yet the last position in the 4-nation tournament. The tournament was organized at Melbourne’s State Netball Hockey Centre. Accord to the Pakistan Hockey Federation, Japan came back in the match from behind and won the match defeating Pakistan by 2-1.
However, Pakistan started the match with great pace and managed to strike three shots towards the goal in the first quarter. One mistake made by Muhammad Irfan helped Japan to win a penalty corner, but Pakistani goalkeeper Amjad managed to block the low hard flick. Pakistan’s chance to get a lead in the match came at the 13th minute, where Ajaz hit through a small gap between the keeper and post.
However, Pakistan did not enjoy the lead for a long time, as it was soon evaporated by a brilliant strike from Tanaka, who played a greater role in beating Pakistan by 3-1 in the league stage. Though Japan had a golden chance to take a one-goal lead in the match, the result of the match at the end of first quarter remained 1-1.
Japan had more opportunities to break the tie in the first half, but they failed to take the lead. However, Pakistan had three chances to score in the third quarter of the match, but they failed to convert the chances into goals. Japan came back in the game in the last quarter and Murata got the chance to lead the side with a spectacular strike.
Pakistan got a few penalty corners in the match, but they failed to penetrate Japanese defence and ended the game as the losing side.