Asia Cup Hockey: Pakistan secure bronze

Ipoh (Malaysia), Sep 1 (IANS) Pakistan secured a bronze medal at the Asia Cup hockey tournament by beating hosts Malaysia 3-1 at the Azlan Shah Stadium here Sunday.

Malaysia took the lead through Faizal Saari in the 34th minute. However, Pakistan levelled the score a minute later with Abdul Haseem Khan scoring his first for the day.

Captain Muhammad Imran gave his country the lead with a field goal in the 54th minute while Abdul Haseem scored his second two minutes later to put the match beyond the Malaysians.

Pakistan, a regular in the Hockey World Cup since its inception in 1971, however, will not be present for the 13th edition in the Netherlands next year.

Defending champions South Korea ended Pakistani hopes with a 2-1 win in the semi-finals.

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