Olympic Games London 2012
London, Great Britain - July 30 - 11, 2012

PAK V ARG ( Pool A ) Olympic Games London 2012

2 - 0

Match Review PAK - ARG 2-0


Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
PAK 30 18 IMRAN Muhammad PC 1 - 0
PAK 44 11 ABBAS Sohail PC 2 - 0


Team Minute Shirt # Player Type
PAK 31 5 AHMED Fareed G
PAK 67 5 AHMED Fareed Y


DNP = Did not participate
S = Suspended
DSQ = Disqualified

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire 1 WRIGHT John
Umpire 2 GROCHAL Marcin
Reserve Umpire KIM Hong Lae
Judge 1 KOSHIKO Ryuichi
Judge 2 AGUILERA Antonio
Technical Officer DEVADAS Mathavan

The raw power of Muhammad Imran and Sohail Abbas’ drag-flicks saw Pakistan pick up their first win of the Olympics, condemning Argentina to a second successive defeat. They fired home a corner in each half to see off the South American side who took their time to find any sort of rhythm and now prop up the group after two rounds of games.

With both teams setting up half-court, it meant that, despite a decent tempo, there was little goalmouth action to go around. Rehan Butt’s halfway line steal led to the first shot in anger in the 21st minute, drifting a bit too far left to leave a tough angle to truly test Juan Manuel Vivaldi. The lead was forged when Muhammad Waqas raced clear and was tripped with the circle nearing and – with Sohail Abbas on the sideline – Muhammad Imran dragged home despite Manuel Brunet’s desperate efforts.

The second half proved more open as Lucas Vila finally got in a first shot in anger in the 42nd minute, a rising drive from on his knees. But the margin was doubled when Pedro Ibarra petulantly cleared over his own endline. Sohail Abbas’ first effort from the resulting corner was brilliantly saved by Gonzalo Peillat but went dangerous offering the world’s greatest marksman another chance. He duly obliged with his 346th international goal.

From there, Argentina raised the tempo but the best they could do was to rattle the crossbar when Agustin Mazilli latched onto a corner rebound, pumping the ball into the ground so powerfully it rose up and hit the metalwork. Lucas Vila deflected Matias Paredes pass inches wide while another trio of corners went unconverted to see Pakistan home without too much fuss.

They now face a potentially huge game against hosts Great Britain, both sides currently tied on four points after two games while Argentina face Australia needing a win to keep alive their semi-final hopes.

(Stephen Findlater)

  • Match 11
  • Date Wed, 1 Aug 2012
  • Time 19:00
  • Pool/Class Pool A
  • Venue

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