Defending champions pakistan beat china 4-nil and qualify for the semi finals of asian champions trophy hockey tournament in kuantan, malaysia.
Pakistan, who previously had two wins and two loses in the tournament, required a win today to book their berth in last four.
Two goals by abdul haseem khan steered pakistan into the semi-final. Both teams were unable to find the net in the first quarter.
However, pakistan took 1-nil lead by end of first half, thanks to a 21st minute goal by haseem from a neatly converted penalty corner. Haseem struck again in the third quarter, taking the ball into china’s half up to the d area to score the greenshirts’ second goal in the 31st minute.
Despite a 2-nil lead going into the fourth quarter, pakistan kept on attacking, with ali shan and muhammad irfan jr adding one goal each in the 48th and 49th minute respectively. Greenshirts will now face hosts malaysia for a place in the final.