Pakistan, ranked 13th, defeated 11th ranked South Korea 1-0 in the 4th Asian Champions Trophy Hockey Tournament here in the Malaysian city of Kuantan.
The only goal of the match came in the last minute.
The goal was scored by Haseem Khan on Pakistan’s fourth penalty corner of the match.
Instead of going for a direct shot, Aleem Bilal pushed the ball towards the left side of the goal and Haseem Khan dived to flick the ball in, to give Pakistan a well deserved victory.
Unlike Thursday, when Pakistan lost the opener 2-4 to hosts Malaysia, Pakistan appeared as a well composed outfit from the outset.
In a high octane encounter, they matched the Koreans in fitness throughout. Although, the 60 minute play saw just one goal but there were plenty of thrills in the game which saw attacking play.
Korea could not capitalise their seven penalty corners, though four of them came in quick succession.
Pakistani rushers Ejaz and Rizwan Senior halted the opponents’ penalty corner strikes at the top of the circle, taking them on stick or foot.
When the Koreans opted for an indirect drill, Pakistani defence was up to the task, with the national team displaying good team work and understanding.
Sunday will see an eagerly awaited encounter of the event as Pakistan takes on its traditional rival India.