KARACHI: Pakistan's junior hockey team won its second title in a row by beating hosts Egypt 5-3 in a penalty shoot-out in Cairo on Friday to take the first place in a five-nation tournament.
After winning all their league matches, Pakistan finally got a tough time in the title-clash that ended at 1-1 after extra-time. But the Pakistanis, who won a four-nation junior hockey title in Malaysia earlier this month, prevailed 5-3 on penalty strokes.
Pakistan led 1-0 in the first half through an 8th minute goal from Muhammad Ateeq that came off a short corner. Just six minutes before full-time, Waleed equalised the match for Egypt to take it into extra-time. Neither of the teams could break the deadlock in extra-time and the match had to be decided on a penalty shoot-out.
Muhammad Ateeq, Muhammad Zubair, Abdul Haseem Khan and Muhammad Irfan scored the goals on penalty strokes. Ahmad and Mehmood Ahmad struck for Egypt on penalty strokes.
Pakistan competed in the Cairo contest in a bid to get ready for this June's Junior World Cup to be co-hosted by Malaysia and Singapore.