Pakistan shrugged off a listless first-half performance to beat Canada 4-2 in their opening pool B match of the Olympic men's hockey qualifying tournament today. Sohail Abbas made ample amends for his first-half penalty stroke miss and converted two of the five penalty corners in the 37th and 51st minutes to spearhead Pakistan's victory charge. Kashif Jawad put home a Ghazanfar Ali pass in the 41st and then Shakeel Abbasi dribbled his way through for the fourth goal in the 58th.
Enjoying a healthy lead, Pakistan turned complacent to allow Canada to score twice in the 68th and 69th minutes through Ken Pereira and Paul Wettlaufer. However, on change of ends, the Pakistanis found their rhythm to score at will while putting Canada in their place with some speedy moves after Abbas had put them in the lead. The Canadians looked rather ill-equipped and their performance today was replete with wrong passes and a shaky defence. It was only in the final minutes did they mark their presence with two goals and that too due to some shoddy defending by the Pakistanis. (PTI)