Pakistan hold Spain 1-1, Aus spank SA 6-0 in Hockey


Pakistan held 2008 Olympic silver medallists Spain to a 1-1 draw on the opening day of the men's Olympic hockey competition at the London Games after Australian captain Jamie Dwyer's spurred the World champions to a runaway 6-0 win over South Africa here today.

Pakistan wasted several scoring chances after surviving sustained Spanish attacks in the first session and later in the second half saw a Spanish goal being negated after the umpire had blown the whistle and pointed to the centre.

Spain had the rival goal under intense pressure in the Group A encounter when the Pakistan defenders were unable to clear the ball for 10 minutes.

Pakistan were unlucky that striker Mohammad Rizwan twice faltered after getting into goal-scoring positions and a rising drag flick from skipper Sohail Abbas got deflected out after hitting the cross-piece.

Pakistan had finished last among seven nations in the Azlan Shah Cup two months ago.

After a goalless first session, Pakistan broke the deadlock when Rehan Butt slammed the ball into the board on a pass from Haseem Khan in the 46th minute, but Spain equalised within a minute as Pau Quemada found the target with a reverse hit that beat goalkeeper Imran Shah.

A Spanish goal was overturned after video referral later on when Pakistan protested against a striker swinging the stick to slam a rising ball into the net.

Earlier, in another Group A match, Australia's nippy striker Dwyer, one of the best players in world hockey, added another feather to his cap when the scored thrice as the World champions gave South Africa a drubbing.

Dwyer's three-goal feat brought him at par with Mark Hager's record of 179 goals for Australia in international hockey.

Dwyer's three strikes featured two penalty strokes, both of which he was instrumental in earning, and the deflection of a penalty corner.

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