Pakistan suffered a heavy defeat in the first match of the Paris Olympic qualifier

The Pakistan men’s hockey team suffered a major setback against Great Britain in their opening match of the Paris Olympics qualifiers, suffering a crushing 6-1 defeat in Muscat, Oman.

Great Britain took an early advantage when Waller Jack found the net through a penalty corner in the opening quarter. The momentum continued to swing in their favor as they extended the lead to 2-0 during the second quarter.

As Great Britain continued to dominate, two additional goals were scored, extending the lead to 4-0 in the third quarter. Ward Sam scored the second and third goals, while Clannanville added a fourth goal to consolidate their control.

16th-ranked Pakistan managed to salvage some pride in the fourth quarter, with Shahid Hanan scoring the only goal. However, Great Britain remained unstoppable, with Wallace Zachary scoring the fifth goal via penalty stroke, and Bandorak Nicholas stamping authority with the sixth goal.

In Pool A, Pakistan shared the stage with England, China and Malaysia. The next challenge awaits them against China tomorrow while they face Malaysia on January 18.

Earlier in a thrilling encounter, 23rd-ranked China defied expectations, winning a last-minute penalty corner against 13th-ranked Malaysia, ending the match with a 3-2 victory.

Pakistan Squad for Olympic Qualifiers

Team: Abdullah Ishtiaq, Waqar, Arbaaz Ahmed, Mohammad Abdullah, Sufyan Khan, Imad Shakeel Butt (Captain), Abu Bakr Mehmood (Vice-Captain), Murtaza Yaqoob, Abdul Manan, Aqeel Ahmed, Moeen Shakeel, Salman Razak, Abdul Hanan Shahid, Ghazanfar Ali, Abdul Rehman Jr., Zakaria Hayat, Rana Abdul Waheed Ashraf, Arshad Liaquat.

Management: Shahnaz Sheikh (Head Coach), Shakeel Abbasi (Coach), Dilawar Hussain (Assistant Coach), Amjad Ali (Goalkeeping Coach), Waqas Mehmood (Physiotherapist), Muhammad Imran Khan (Physical Trainer).

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