SOUTH AFRICA 0 VS EGYPT 3
The first day’s match pitted South Africa against Egypt. South Africa had just beaten Pakistan comfortably by 4-1, while Egypt on the other hand had been defeated by Japan.
It promised to be a good match between the two teams at the start, but it was only after 7 minutes that ADEL Mohamed scored the first goal to give his team the lead.
The men in green tried to play their game, but without much luck in the circle they kept suffering from the good penalty corners that the team led by Pakistan coach TAHIR Zaman was getting. It was in the 15th minute that the experienced player, ATEF Hamada Abdelmoneim Ali Alshami converted the second goal for his team from a penalty corner to make it 2-0.
EWING Garreth’s side were unable to convert to reduce the deficit in their second match of the tournament.
At the start of the second quarter Egypt showed no mercy and scored the third goal for their team, the 25-year-old ALI Mohamed helping his team to their first win of the tournament.
South Africa will be looking to get back to winning ways on 4 November against the home side no less.
Egypt will be looking to get back to winning ways against South Korea on the same day.
JAPAN 0 VS KOREA 1
In the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup second match on Wednesday in Ipoh, Malaysia, Japan was defeated by Korea by a score one goal to nil.
On a cloudy day an important match was played for both teams as they had won their first match of the tournament and wanted to keep accumulating points to stay at the top of the table.
Japan in the red jersey and Korea in the blue jersey started the match very strongly, going forward trying to get into the box as many times as possible. Both had penalty corners that they could not score for most of the match.
It was only in the first minutes of the third quarter that Korea got a penalty corner which was taken in an exceptional way by JEON Byungjin, the 32-year-old experienced player made it 1-0 for his team.
SHIN Seok Kyo’s side were able to hold on for their second consecutive win. On Friday they will play Egypt, who are in second place, and Japan will play Pakistan for another win in this tournament.
PAKISTAN 1 VS MALAYSIA 1
Malaysia would have their second match at home, against Pakistan who had just lost their first match of the tournament to South Africa earlier in the day.
Pakistan’s second match during the ongoing Sultan Azlan Shah Cup against Malaysia ended in a 1-1 draw on Wednesday.
Shello Silverius gave Malaysia the lead in the 25th minute of the match, which was cancelled out 10 minutes later by Pakistan’s Arbaz Ahmad.
The match was a back-and-forth affair, with fans in the stands cheering on the home side looking for their first win of the tournament.
The home side on the other hand wanted to show the history of a team like Pakistan in international tournaments and improve their position in the table.
The home side tried their best to score but without much luck the match ended in a draw, distributing points to both teams.
Tomorrow will be a rest day for the teams, and they will resume play on Friday 4th November where the home side will face South Africa, while Pakistan will play Japan who are only 2 points above them in the table.