ANTWERP: Australia with a 6-1 win over Pakistan at the Hockey World League on Wednesday maintained their top spot in the Pool A.
Jake Whetton scored Australian hockey team’s first goal in the ninth minute of the first quarter. However, Pakistan levelled the scores in the 13th minute courtesy captain Muhammed Irfan’s deflection on a penalty corner.
The score line remained 1-1 until the end of 2nd quarter. But, shortly after the half-time Daniel Beale put the Aussies back in front with a penalty corner conversion.
Matthew Swann and Jamie Dwyer then scored two open play goals to push Pakistanis out of the contest. Blake Govers then rub salt into Pakistan’s wounds with two more goals from penalty corners to give his team a comfortable win against the Asians.
With today’s defeat, Pakistan is pushed back at third position in the pool with three points, earned in the win against Poland in the opener.
Pakistan on Friday will play its next match against arch-rival India, which with two consecutive wins, is comfortably placed at the second position in Pool A.