After remaining top of the hockey world for more than three decades, Pakistan is at its lowest rung today. It is lamentable that a country which won Olympic gold thrice, World Cup four times, Asia Cup thrice, Asian Games gold record eight times, Asian Champions Trophy gold twice, FIH Champions Trophy gold thrice and remained unbeatable at regional level for many years is now a lowly team. The side’s  poor show in the Hockey World League Semi-Finals 2017 which also serves as the qualifier for the 2018  World Cup, marks a calamitous new low.

Pakistan got beaten by India 6-1, again in a 5-8 position classification playoff in the Hockey World League Semi-Final at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Saturday.

In the previous match (quarterfinals) , Argentina beat Pakistan 3-1 to become the first team to enter the last-four stage of the tournament. Pakistan lost three back to back matches to Holland, Canada and India before registering their only win against minnows Scotland.

Pakistan however, was lucky to enter into the quarter final, thanks to a drawn match between Canada and Scotland. Had Canada won the match, Pakistan would have not qualified for the last four.

Pakistan vs India

The match saw Pakistan make some desperate attempts on goal but India did well to contain their opponents with good defence It was goals by Ramandeep Singh (8′, 28′), Talwinder Singh (25′), Mandeep Singh (27′, 59′), Harmanpreet Singh (36′) that dented Pakistan’s hopes of booking a berth to participate at the Odisha Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018 in Bhubaneswar. Ajaz Ahmad scored Pakistan’s only consolation goal in Q3.

Pakistan vs Argentina

Pakistan started extremely well. They remained the better side almost throughout the first quarter. However, Maico Casella’s 23rd minute goal from the spot separated the teams at half time. Pakistan conceded two goals in the third quarter. Gonzalo Peillat finally converted a penalty corner beating Amjad Ali’s right in the 32nd minute while Maico Casella topped up the score once again in the 44th minute.

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