Hockey World Cup 2010: Pakistan Beats Spain to Remain in the Game

Posted on March 2, 2010
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It is the Pakistani cricketers who are supposed to be erratic and unpredictable, disappointing one day and enthralling the next. But this time the Pakistan hockey team seems to be following a similar path at the 2010 Hockey World Cup now underway in India.

On the opening day of the tournament, Pakistan had lost decisively to hosts and arch-rivals India 4-1. Although neither country is today the hockey powerhouse it once was, Pakistan was totally overwhelmed by India. Placed in a pool that also has favorites Australia, Olympic silver-medalists Spain and England, this would have ordinarily have meant that Pakistan’s chances for a semi-final slot had nearly vanished entirely.

This, however, was not to be.

First, England pulled a stunning surprise 3-2 victory against Australia and then, in what is probably a bigger surprise, Pakistan edged out a 2-1 victory against Spain. Meanwhile, Australia has come back with a vengeance beating hosts India 5-2 in their second game.

Put together, all of this means that Pakistan is still very much in the game.

It means that, but really not much more than that. There is much more to go and none of this changes who the favorites are or the fact that the odds are still against Pakistan making it to the semi-finals, let alone winning the tournament. What it does mean is that we remain in the game, at least until our next encounter – with England on Thursday.

Good luck, Pakistan.

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P.S… for those yearning for Pakistan’s glory days in hockey, may we recommend this past post on Abdul Waheed Khan; and for those who recall how the beginning of the end felt like, we strongly recommend this hockey humor video from Khalid Abbas Dar and friends – a performance that I had originally described as “the funniest hockey humor ever!”

24 Comments on “Hockey World Cup 2010: Pakistan Beats Spain to Remain in the Game”

  1. HaroON says:
    March 3rd, 2010 1:07 am

    Don’t bet too much on the team.

    I am glad for the victory over Spain but I think that might have been a fluke given our recent performance

  2. Raza says:
    March 3rd, 2010 3:20 am

    Hoping for the best. Hope we can make it count. Come on Team Pakistan!

  3. FAHIM MUSTAFA says:
    March 3rd, 2010 4:41 am

    They should continue Play in white. Hope we can get good victories in our remaining matches. Come on Team Pakistan, Keep our Flag High in India. This is your chance to be recorgnized and become Proud for every Pakistani.

  4. March 3rd, 2010 9:58 am

    Some comments from the ATP Facebook Page:

    - “2-1….Gr8…(o_O)”
    - “we will loss soon & will out of da tournament as usual …”
    - “expect the unexpected”
    - “i wish and pray for their success , we should not demoralize their abilities not every team comes up with the cup and not every team goes down to the last , only one stay on the position , but hope for the best here”
    - “i realy pray may Allah succed pakistan team in pool to qualify in semifinal and then in final..”
    - “Ground kabhi kesi sy zeyati nahi karta…..wish u all best Pakistan Hockey Team.”
    - “Pakistan will win Inshallah”
    - “dua mat karo kam se kam bad dua to nahy karo…we’re champs…n we’ll proof it soon..(@_@)”
    - “wish u all pakistan hokey team…..”
    - “when we know the result , why we expect better from them … they even dont know the word ”good performance”.”
    - “inshallah pakistan will win……”
    - “Good Performance
    We should compare that where we stand now….. & where we were…..”
    - “superb win against spain….”
    - “next england… hmmm quite tuff…”

  5. Aslam says:
    March 3rd, 2010 10:00 am

    @Fahim Mustafa…. Can you explain why they should wear white… don’t tell me yo believe in that idiot Amer Liquat and his jahil theories!

  6. Junaid says:
    March 3rd, 2010 10:13 am

    Hockey? What hockey?
    Do we still play hockey?

  7. Omer Malik says:
    March 3rd, 2010 11:40 am

    Glad that they were able to make a comeback. It is really sad how hockey has gone down so fast in both India and Pakistan. If the two teams do well in this tournament it will be such a great encouragement for the game in the region.

  8. Shakeel says:
    March 3rd, 2010 3:01 pm

    @ Aslam

    I think he wants them to play in white because in Green they lost to India and in whites they won vs Spain.

    Anyone had doubts in the green theory of our Aalim needs more proofs?

    :-)

  9. Waheed says:
    March 3rd, 2010 6:20 pm

    The next match against England is all crucial

    the games remaining are against England, Australia and South Africa. Beating Australia is unlikely, but if we can beat England then against South Africa also we have a chance. It will be an upset, but I know we can do it. I hope we will.

  10. MairaS says:
    March 3rd, 2010 6:27 pm

    You never know with Pakistan…when we fight with a spirit, absolutely no one can beat us which ever game we play. If we lose hope and play, even bangledesh can beat us in cricket! Same goes for this world cup. The body language in the match against India said we dont feel like winning. Against Spain, it was more like..we are not to be totally washed out..Really miss those good old days..1994 was last glorious year for our hockey. Shahbaz Ahmed was one of the finest players/captains we ever had in hockey. Hockey is still in our hearts otherwise all of us wouldnt have followed and noted the green shirts. Lets pray.. May Allah help our green flag bearers to victory. Allah bless Pakistan!

  11. USMAN says:
    March 3rd, 2010 6:35 pm

    One of the interesting thing I heard on TV was how the Indian crowd yesterday was greatly supporting Pakistan and was cheering them on. I think at the end of the game the Pakistan team stood and clapped for the crowd to thank them.

  12. Atif says:
    March 4th, 2010 1:21 am

    I think we will go to the semi-final INSHALLAH

  13. March 4th, 2010 2:08 am

    in next match of pak vs england pak also win. qualify in semi final

  14. Javed Tahir says:
    March 4th, 2010 5:25 am

    Pakistan has the ability to come back as we saw in T20 worldcup after losing first match and then they enter in danger zone but after every match Pakistan showed the improvement and the result is front of the whole world.
    I hope Pakistan will do the same in hockey and they will bring back the National Sport of Pakistan with diginity and honour.

    My all prayers are with Pakistan

  15. March 4th, 2010 1:51 pm

    Pakistan lost to England 5-2 today.

    Miracles can still happen, but this means that Pakistan’s chances of a semi-final berth are now virtually gone or, at least, are very very slim.

  16. Parveen says:
    March 5th, 2010 12:38 am

    Sad to hear of the result. But lets also realize that we did not go in as favorites. I am confident that with effort and investment Pakistan hockey can rise again.

  17. Jamshed says:
    March 5th, 2010 8:02 am

    Not much was expected of the current side,so the results are not really a surprise.

  18. Dawood says:
    March 5th, 2010 10:15 am

    I will not make too much of this because we were really no expecte dto get to semis. But I hope we will develop a strategy for a comeback in hockey.

  19. March 7th, 2010 3:16 pm

    In a disappointing performance, Paksitan lost to South Africa (World No. 13) by 4-3 in their pool match.

    Winning would not have changed Pakistan’s chances, but the loss is a particular blow to morale and is the first time ever that Pakistan has lost to South Africa in field hockey!

  20. Jamshed says:
    March 7th, 2010 9:55 pm

    Pakistan hockey has now reached the stage where any victory,over any team,seems like an accomplishment.

  21. Jamshed says:
    March 9th, 2010 12:28 am

    Pakistan lost one more match,this one to Australia.

  22. Jamshed says:
    March 10th, 2010 10:48 pm

    After finishing last in their group,Pakistan will now play Canada for 11th & 12th place.They should beat Canada,but then,who knows ?
    In the 1986 World Cup,Pakistan had finished 11th.

  23. Jamshed says:
    March 11th, 2010 10:44 pm

    Well,it has finally happened.Pakistan have lost to Canada.They have finished last !
    The entire side has offered to retire.

  24. June 24th, 2010 2:26 am

    This post is really very appreciable. I think some new things.
    I get many advice after read you article.I want you always make new articles like this.I will not make too much of this because we were really no expecte dto get to semis. But I hope we will develop a strategy for a comeback in hockey.
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    Daniel01

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