Hockey Fives World Cup: Pakistan beat Switzerland to win the Challenger Trophy

Pakistan defeated Switzerland 10-1 on Wednesday to win the Challenger Trophy, awarded to the ninth-placed team, during the ongoing Hockey 5 World Cup in Muscat, Oman.

Zakaria Hayat scored a hat trick. Arshad Liaquat, Hanan Shahid, and Rana Waheed Ashraf scored one goal each.

Yesterday, Pakistan defeated Australia 11-3 in the 9th-12th position match to remain in the hunt for the Challenger Trophy.

Captain Rana Waheed Ashraf scored five goals against Australia.

Hockey Fives World Cup quarter-finals

Pakistan crashed out of the Hockey Fives World Cup quarter-finals after losing 8-7 to Poland on Monday.

Pakistan only needed a draw against Poland in Pool A to book a place in the quarter-finals, but the green shirts failed to capitalize on the opportunity.

Pakistan was 3-0 down at one stage but fought back to level proceedings at 6-6. However, Poland again struck late to take the match away from Pakistan. Captain Rana Waheed Ashraf scored five goals for the losing team.

Pakistan played two matches on Sunday, losing one and winning the other. They opened their campaign by beating Nigeria 11-5 but lost 5-3 against the Netherlands.

In the semi-finals today Holland will face Oman while Malaysia will face Poland.

As the name suggests, 5s hockey is played with 5 players per team, according to the official FIH website. It is particularly known for its non-stop end-to-end action, as the ball stays in play for almost 90% of the match, thanks to the rebound boards outside the sidelines and backlines.

There are usually more goals with 5-a-side hockey than with the traditional 11-a-side format of hockey, as players can score from anywhere behind the offensive line.

Additionally, Hockey 5 is played on a smaller pitch, enabling hockey to be brought to new venues, even in the heart of cities.

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