Pakistan loses to Malaysia in Junior Asia Cup

pak-hockey-afp-670Malaysia beat three-time champions Pakistan in the final to clinch their first junior Asia Cup title in 20 years in Malacca, Malaysia.

Faisal Saari and Mohd Sayyim Yusof scored for Malaysia while the Greenshirts pulled one back through Mohammad Irfan.

Malaysia were awarded a penalty in the first thirty seconds of the match through which they scored their opening goal. The hosts then doubled their lead in the 17th minute when Yusof scored. At half-time, Malaysia were in control of the game with a scoreline of 2-0.

Pakistan put up a much more improved performance in the second half and Mohammad Irfan scored in the 42nd minute. However, they were wasteful with their chances and could not equalise within the remaining time.

Previously in the tournament, Pakistan finished top of their group after beating China, Sri Lanka and drawing with India after which they defeated South Korea in the semi-finals. India finished third in the tournament after beating South Korea 2-1.

Dawn News

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