Pakistan ends with wooden spoon in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Monitoring Desk): Pakistan ended with the wooden spoon in the Four-Nation International Festival of Hockey in Australia when they lost 2-1 to Japan in the third place classification match at Melbourne’s State Netball Hockey Centre on Sunday.

It was the fourth straight defeat for Pakistan at the tournament. They had lost to Australia, Japan and New Zealand in the group stage.

The game started at electric pace with both teams having chances early on and Pakistan took the lead in the 13th minute when Ajaz Ahmed fired in a gap between the goalkeeper and the near post from the far side of the circle.

Their joy was cut short though as Kenta Tanaka levelled in the very next minute, sidestepping Mohammad Irfan before finding the top corner.

Both teams went in search of the winner after that and it was Japan who got it with three minutes remaining when Kazuma Murata found himself free on the right edge of the circle and scored with a well-placed hit.