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Pakistan Hockey Team Qualified to Azlan Shah Cup 2024 After 13 Years

Pakistan Hockey Team Qualified to Azlan Shah Cup 2024 After 13 Years

Pakistan’s hockey team has roared back into contention, securing a spot in the 30th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2024 final against Japan. That is a moment of pride for Pakistani hockey fans, marking the team’s first final appearance at the tournament in 13 years.

The road to the final had its challenges. Pakistan faced a determined Canadian team in a crucial semi-final match on Wednesday. Canada came out strong, grabbing an early 2-0 lead in the 17th minute. But the resilient Pakistanis refused to back down. They staged a remarkable comeback, spearheaded by Abu Bakr Mahmood’s two quick goals in the third quarter. The momentum shifted decisively in Pakistan’s favor, and goals from Arshad Liaqat, Rana Waheed Ashraf, and Ghazanfar Ali sealed a thrilling 5-4 victory.

This win wasn’t a fluke. Pakistan has displayed impressive consistency throughout the tournament. They remain undefeated, boasting three convincing wins against South Korea, Malaysia, and Canada, alongside a hard-fought draw against their upcoming final opponent, Japan.

Looking ahead to the May 11th final, Pakistan will have a chance to refine their strategy against New Zealand on May 10th. This final match promises to be a nail-biter. Pakistan and Japan have mirrored each other’s performance, collecting three wins and a draw apiece. However, Japan finds itself positioned slightly lower in the points table.

The stakes are high for Pakistan. The last time they lifted the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup trophy was in 2011, and this final presents a golden opportunity to claim their fourth title. With unwavering determination and a taste for victory, Pakistan’s hockey team is poised to make a historic comeback on the international stage.

Key Moments

  • Pakistan reaches the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup final for the first time in 13 years.
  • They will face Japan in the final on May 11th, 2024, at 5:30 PM PST.
  • Pakistan remains undefeated with three wins and a draw.
  • A crucial final match warmup against New Zealand awaits Pakistan on May 10th.

Will Pakistan rewrite history and claim the 2024 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup title? Stay tuned for the exciting finale!

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