Pakistan hockey team beat Canada by 4-3 in a nail-biting seventh-position match in Commonwealth Games (CWG) 2022. The two teams battled for the seventh position in 10-teams hockey event of CWG 2022.
Taking the field here at University Hockey and Squash Center, both the teams played competitive hockey as the first quarter finished without a goal being scored. A few attempts were well defended by the goalkeepers which forced the two teams to come out with a better plan to net the ball. In 24th minute, Abdul Rana scored a goal take 1-0 lead for Pakistan. It wasn’t too late for another leading goal for the Green Shirts as Ghazanfar Ali struck the very next minute.
Under pressure, Canada also made a solid comeback when Matthew Sarmento made the most of a penalty corner to make the scoreboard 2-1 in the 26th minute. Keegan Pereira then netted the ball in the last minute of second quarter to make Pakistan worried as the scores were level 2-2 when the two teams walked out for half-time.
A goalless third quarter increased the excitement of this dead rubber contest. Pakistan’s skipper Umar Bhutta scored in the 52nd minute to once again take the lead for his team.
Leading by 3-2, Pakistan tried to save goals on one end and counter-attacking on the other. But, Sarmento once again struck a goal to level the score 3-3.
On the last minute of the game, Abdul Shahid scored a match-winning goal for Pakistan which helped them finish seventh in multi-sports event.