Pakistan register their first win after 44 years in Asian Games

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Pakistan register their first win after 44 years in Asian Games
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Pakistan football finally ended a 44-year long drought in Asian Games by registering their first win against against Nepal by 2-1 on Sunday.

The Men in Green did not have an ideal start as Shahbaz Younas netted the ball in their own goal in just the 12th minute of the game, which put them under immense pressure.

Pakistan overall looked a much improved team and the game remained in balance for the majority of 90 minutes.

It took 42 minutes for Pakistan to score an equalizer, when Mohammad Bilal beat Nepalese defense with a header in the 54th minute. It was Pakistan’s first goal after Asian Games 2010.

Pakistan were awarded a penalty in 72nd minute for a handball, which was successfully converted into a goal by their skipper, Saddam Hussain.

The goal from Pakistan captain sealed the game and gave Pakistan their first win in the Asian Games after 1974.

Earlier, Pakistan lost their two opening games against Vietnam and Japan by a lead of 3-0 and 4-0 respectively.

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