World number 11th Canada displayed a relentless pace and scored 6 goals against the 13th ranked Pakistan at Hockey World League Semi-Final 2017 in London.
Pakistan was coming off a 4-0 loss to the Netherlands in its first game of the competition on Thursday, so was looking for an improved performance against Canada. But it was the Canadians who came out on the front foot.
The win is also the first time the Canadian men have defeated Pakistan since a 3-2 victory at the 2010 World Cup. The six goal margin of victory over Pakistan also surpasses Canada’s previous largest victory over Pakistan in 1998, when the Canadians won by five goals, 7-2, in a four-nation tournament in Durban, South Africa.
Quarter One: Canada got on the board in the 11th after van Son earned another corner with strong play through the midfield.
Tupper’s flick was ruled to hit a Pakistani foot and Canada was awarded a penalty stroke, which Tupper converted to put Canada ahead 1-0.
Quarter Two: Van Son continued his strong play in the second quarter when a long aerial ball sent him and Smythe on a fast-break up the field. Van Son fired a backhand pass across the face of the goal to a diving Smythe who knocked the ball in for his first of the game and the 2-0 Canada lead.
Vanson is a class act surely
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After Smythe picked up his second of the night on a rebound off a Johnston flick, van Son was found open up-field again. This time, he made a quick move around the Pakistani player, and went to his backhand for a shot that beat the keeper Amjad Ali on the short side to give Canada the 4-0 in the 28th minute.
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Second half : The second half was quieter, and Canadian keeper David Carter was forced to make a couple of key saves as Pakistan tried to mount a comeback. After a scoreless third quarter, Canada added to the lead in the fourth frame.
Gabriel Ho-Garcia went on a solo dash before before setting up Taylor Curran in the circle, where he moved the ball to Bissett for the game’s 5th goal. And Johnston scored on a penalty corner in the final minute to complete the scoring.
On Saturday, Canada – hits the field against World No.6 India, who beat Scotland 4-1 in their first match.Canada and India last met at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, where they tied 2-2.