Pakistan’s win over Japan takes them closer to semi-final

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KARACHI: Pakistan hockey team defeated Japan by 4-3 on Tuesday and came closer to book a place in the semi-final of Asian Men’s Champions Trophy in Kuantan, Malaysia.

After being beaten by India, Pakistan had to register a win and they stepped in the field for the purpose. They scored the first goal in just the fifth minute of the game with the courtesy of Mohammad Irfan Jr.

However, the Men in green could not maintain their lead and conceded a goal soon after it, Seren Tanaka was the scorer for Japan.

But, Pakistan once again attained the lead when Muhammad Aleem Bilal netted the ball on a penalty corner, the score was 2-1 at the end of first quarter.

The second quarter proved to be quite an ordinary for both the sides, but, Japan was able to score a goal just before the half time, Pakistan’s poor defence cost them the goal.

The third quarter of the game belonged to Pakistan as Muhammad Rizwan Sr and Bilal scored two goals to make the scoreline 4-2.

Japan was able to score a goal in the last quarter of the contest, but, it proved to be too late as Pakistan claimed the victory by 4-3.

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