Pakistan lifts Azlan Shah Cup

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

Pakistan beat world champions Germany 1-0 to win the Sultan Azlan Shah five-nation hockey tournament.

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Pakistan beat world champions Germany 1-0 to win the Sultan Azlan Shah five-nation hockey tournament. Shabbir Hussain took advantage of a lapse in concentration among the German defenders to score in the 62nd minute of the final played in Malaysia's northern city of Ipoh. The Germans, who were the defending champions and unbeaten in earlier matches of this annual tournament, had several golden opportunities, but tight defensive play by Pakistan prevented them from scoring. For Pakistan, which had won the title previously in 2000, today's win was also sweet revenge after losing to Germany 3-4 in a preliminary match a week ago. Pakistan's penalty corner specialist Sohail Abbas was named player of the tournament, and Germany's Christopher Zeller as the most promising player. In the third-fourth playoff, New Zealand beat South Korea 3-2 after a strong performance in the second half. Hayden Shaw converted a penalty for the Kiwis in the 6th minute before Lee Jung Seon scored two goals for the Koreans in similar fashion in the 9th and 17th minutes. New Zealand went on to score through Phillip Burrows in the 42nd minute and Bevan Hari in the 64th minute. Host Malaysia finished last in the tournament after losing all four of its matches. (AP)

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