Pakistan Men’s Hockey Team Falls Short in Qualifiers for 2024 Paris Olympics:

Pakistan Men's Hockey Team Falls Short in Qualifiers for 2024 Paris Olympics:

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In a closely contested battle during the ongoing qualifiers in Muscat, Oman, the Pakistan men’s hockey team faced a setback, losing 3-2 to New Zealand in the third/fourth place match and failing to secure a spot for the 2024 Paris Olympics. New Zealand now joins Great Britain and Germany in qualifying for the upcoming Olympics scheduled for July and August of this year.

This marks the third consecutive occasion on which Pakistan has been unable to qualify for the Olympics, having missed out on Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 as well. Despite a valiant effort in the qualifiers, the three-time Olympic gold medalists fell short of securing their spot.

In a tightly contested match, Pakistan managed to score a goal through a penalty corner, with Abu Mahmood finding the net in the 18th minute. New Zealand’s Scott Boyde leveled the score in the 24th minute, but Pakistan quickly regained the lead. However, their lead was short-lived, and in the 52nd minute, Inglis Hugo scored a crucial goal for New Zealand.

Despite Pakistan’s efforts, the Kiwis maintained pressure and secured their Olympic qualification with a third goal in the 58th minute. The defeat follows Germany’s 4-0 victory over Pakistan in the semi-final, where Germany secured their qualification, and Great Britain defeated New Zealand by 3-1.

It’s worth noting that Pakistan’s journey in the qualifiers included a crucial 3-3 draw against Malaysia, earning them a vital point to reach the semi-finals. The team had earlier secured their first win by defeating China 2-0 but suffered a 6-1 loss to Great Britain in their opening match. In the pool matches, Pakistan finished second in Pool A, behind Great Britain, with nine points. Pakistan accumulated four points, China three, and Malaysia finished with just one point.

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