Hockey ... and Pakistan defeated the Netherlands by three goals to two in the final?
Hockey ... and Pakistan defeated the Netherlands by three goals to two in the final of the World Hockey Cup in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Sunday (2 April). It was Pakistan's first world or Olympic title since 1971, and they finished the competition -- which featured 14 teams from Europe, Asia, Australia and South America -- without dropping a point.
SYNOPSIS: For Pakistan -- playing from left to right in the dark shirts -- the final was their chance to prove they are the world's top hockey nation. They lost the last final to India by a controversial single goal, and seemed set to attack in this match by fielding five forwards. The tactic paid off, and they took an early lead after two minutes through Rasool Akhtar from the penalty spot.
Unhappy at this deficit, the Dutch were gratified seven minutes later when a Pakistani defender stopped a long corner shot with his body and they were awarded a penalty stroke.
Ties Kruize made no mistake from the spot, and the Dutch drew level at one-all.
In the second half, the Dutch took the lead. P. Litjens, the tournament's leading scorer, took the ball from a long corner and drove it into the goal.
Pakistan took only six minutes to draw level. The whole side combined to move the ball from inside their own penalty area to within striking distance of the Dutch goal. Islahuddin got the final touch to make it two-all.
In the 63rd minute, Pakistan scored the winning goal. From a short corner, Ehsanullah swept the ball home to give his team their second World Cup victory. Australia took third place in the competition, with West Germany fourth.