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Asia: France And Pakistan Seal Semi-final Spots After Purpose Fest In Gniezno

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France and Pakistan joined New Zealand within the semi-finals of the FIH Hockey Males’s Nations Cup Poland 2023/24 after enjoying out a 11-goal thriller.

Pool B noticed Les Bleus end first, adopted by Pakistan. Malaysia completed third after defeating Canada within the first sport of the day.

Pakistan 5-6 France 

France topped Pool B with a 3rd straight win, beating Pakistan 5-6 in a nail-biter. The Olympic hosts turned on the warmth from the phrase go and got here ready to take advantage of the weaknesses in Pakistan’s backline. It was Victor Charlet who broke the impasse within the seventh minute. With a minute to go for the primary quarter, Eliot Curty discovered Blaise Rogeau, who despatched a rocket that bounced off the bar for his or her second. There was no coordination on the again as Gaspard Baumgarten made it 0-3 with seven minutes to go within the first half. Two minutes later, Charlet received his second by one other penalty nook.

For all their defensive frailties, Pakistan has been one of the vital thrilling groups to look at whereas attacking. One such try within the twenty sixth minute led to a penalty stroke that was transformed with ease by Abu Mahmood. All of the sudden, the French weren’t as organised as they had been earlier than, permitting Pakistan to get beneath their pores and skin. A penalty nook within the twenty ninth minute noticed Sufyan Khan’s preliminary shot saved just for Murtaza Yaqoob to attain the rebound.

The third quarter was all France once more as Charlet delivered from the penalty nook but once more with an emphatic end for his hat-trick within the thirty ninth minute. Pakistan responded within the first minute of the ultimate quarter due to Ashraf Rana Waheed who completed an outstanding ball from Amad Butt, who discovered him from a good distance out. Pakistan continued to threaten Les Bleus and Butt was sensational within the build-up for the fourth, as Rehman Abdul made it 4-5 within the 52nd minute.

Pakistan had been throughout France and a penalty nook within the 56th minute made it 5-5 as Hannan Shahid reacted shortly after Mahmood’s preliminary shot was saved. Everybody believed the comeback was full, however Pakistan switched off and Charlet, who began the scoring, completed it with one other penalty nook.

Victor Charlet of France was stuffed with reward for Pakistan after successful the match and stated: “It’s arduous to explain this sport – plenty of targets. In opposition to an enormous hockey nation like Pakistan, it’s a must to be good as they’ve many nice gamers. You must be centered and defend properly as they’re skilful. It’s not our greatest sport however we’re pleased with the win.”

Malaysia 4-2 Canada

Malaysia received their first win of the Pool part as they beat Canada 4-2 in Gniezno. They shortly set the tone for the sport, scoring a area objective due to Fitri Saari smashing one in from the centre of the circle within the second minute. The second objective got here 4 minutes later when Faizal Saari made run down the left earlier than squaring it for Abu Kamal Azrai, who misplaced steadiness and fell as he fired in. A easy and delightful penalty nook approach from Syed Cholan gave the Speedy Tigers their third objective within the twenty second minute.

Canada began displaying their aggressive facet within the second half and had been rewarded within the forty first minute when Rooopkanwar Dhillon’s highly effective penalty nook snuck in. However the celebrations had been short-lived as Muhajir Abdu Rauf’s shot was deflected off an unfortunate Thomson Harris.

For all their efforts, the Malaysians couldn’t preserve a cool head and disciplinary points virtually price them. Maansarovar Sidhu got here up with a intelligent end within the 51st minute to take benefit as Faris Harizan received a 10-minute yellow card in direction of the top of the third quarter. Ultimately,  Malaysians got here up with the products to see off the sport.

Marhan Jalil of Malaysia gained the participant of the match and stated: “We had good motivation to play as we speak. We began properly and solely scored one penalty nook. We are going to examine our movies to extend the proportion of our conversion.”

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To see the present standings within the FIH Hockey Males’s Nations Cup, click on right here.

FIH Hockey Males’s Nations Cup  – 5 June 2024 

Hockey Stadium – Gniezno, (POL)


Consequence: Match 13 (M)

Malaysia 4-2 Canada

Participant of the match: Marhan Jalil

Umpires: Titus Ngolia (KEN), Tim Bond (NZL), Munashe Mashoko (ZIM-video)


Consequence: Match 14 (M)

Pakistan 5-6 France

Participant of the match: Victor Charlet

Umpires: Erik Etsebeth (RSA),  Harry Collinson (ENG), Michael Dutrieux (BEL-video)

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