Scotland defeated by Pakistan in Pool B clash

Scotland in action at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre

Scotland were defeated by Pakistan in the third match of their Hero Hockey World League Semi-Final campaign in London.

The 3-1 loss sets up a make or break clash with Canada on 20 June at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre with Scotland needing a win to reach the quarter-finals.

Currently the Blue Sticks have a superior goal difference to Pakistan whose win over Scotland was their final pool game, therefore a win no matter what the score would be enough to see them leapfrog Pakistan.

A point against Pakistan would have seen Scotland through and when they took the lead after 13 minutes they were looking strong. The ball broke to Wei Adams at the top of the circle and he calmly stroked the ball into the bottom right corner.

Early in the second quarter Scotland missed two chances to extend the lead and soon after Pakistan were level. Muhammad Irfan Jnr’s well struck shot from a tight angle snuck into the far corner.

In the third quarter Pakistan edged ahead with a fine goal. Abu Mahmood dragged a flick to the far post to Muhammad Arslan Qadir deflected between the goalkeeper and the defender on the post to put Pakistan in front.

Just a minute into the final quarter and Pakistan consolidated their position as Muhammad Aleem Bilal fired a drag flick low into the bottom right corner. Scotland piled on some late pressure but Pakistan held firm to secure the three points. 

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