Pakistan hockey team beat South Korea by 3-1 to start their Hero Asian Champions Trophy campaign on a winning note at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat on Friday.
Two-time Asian Champions, Pakistan started off positively defending a couple chances at the very start of the match.
Ajaz Ahmed on 12th minute netted the ball to gain dominance over South Korea who already was under pressure due to extreme counter-attack by Pakistani forwards.
On the 18th minute, Umar Bhutta doubled the lead for Pakistan deceiving the defenders of their counterparts.
Mohammad Rizwan on 42nd minute struck the third goal for Pakistan to further create disturbance in South Korean camp.
At last, On the 51st minute Kim Hyeong-Jin scored for South Korea but thereafter some solid defence from Pakistan did not allow them to score further.
Pakistan with this win gained three crucial points equal to India and Malaysia who also won their first match of the tournament.
Captain Rizwan thanked god for starting the tournament on a high note and assured to continue this form throughout the whole tournament.
“I am happy with the performance which gave us three crucial points but there is a long way to go,” he said.
Rizwan said that the team is in good knick and is eying to find good results which can pave the way for Pakistan to gain its lost pride.
“This win boosted our confidence and gave a positive body language to the boys,” he said.
Arch-rivals India and Pakistan are to meet on October 20 [Saturday] in a sold-out contest of the tournament.