The in-form Australia wins Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament
Australia outclassed India in the final of the Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament by 4-0 as they lifted the prestigious trophy.
Australia went undefeated throughout the tournament and registered some big wins against all the competing sides. The tournament proved to be a perfect outing for Australia before the all important Rio Olympics.
The in-form Australians were too hot for the Men in Blues, Thomas William Craig and Matt Ghodes netted the ball twice during the big final of the tournament to seal the victory.
On the other hand, the defending champions, New Zealand had to settle with the bronze medal by winning the third place game against the hosts, Malaysia.
Malaysia was in control of the game till the last two minutes. The hosts were having an upper hand against the defending Champions, but, Kane Russel stepped up for Kiwis and scored an equalizer that shattered Malaysia’s dreams of winning the bronze as they lost the bout in the penalty shootout.
In another contest, Pakistan registered their second win against Canada in the tournament to book the fifth position.
Pakistan had an embarrassing Azlan Shah campaign as they managed to win just three matches in the whole run, but, Pakistan’s goalkeeper, Imran Butt coined their performance in the tournament as ‘good preparation’ for World Cup 2018 qualifiers.
He said, “It was nice to finish on a positive note and we will now go back home and improve on our weaknesses,”
Pakistan beat Canada by 3-1. Fareed Ahmed got Pakistan an early lead in the 11th minute of the game, which was made firmer by Ajaz Ahmad by scoring another goal in the 27th minute.
Canada tried to make a comeback when they pierced Pakistan’s defense for a goal in the 51st minute, but, Mohammad Arshad sealed the victory for Pakistan by netting ball in the 57th minute.